2022's Alexander Perelshtein is working hard to be the nation's best Middle Linebacker | Youth1

2022's Alexander Perelshtein is working hard to be the nation's best Middle Linebacker

Alexander Perelshtein is one of the best players from the Mequon, Wisconsin area in the Class of 2022. 

The 5-foot-10, 225-pound Perelshtein, who attends Homestead High School, is an imposing player that works as a middle linebacker. 

Perelshtein, who was a member of Youth1’s Freshman450 list last year, explains his strengths as a middle linebacker. 

“The middle is mine. If you plan on coming up the middle - my job is to make sure your access is denied. I try to stay home mostly, but if you come close, I will hunt you down,” Perelshtein said. “I am physical and tackle hard. I will chase you down until the whistle in blown. I am pretty good at staying low and dip and rip the line. Putting pressure on the QB is a must.”

Perelshtein shares the aspects of playing middle linebacker that he enjoys. 

“I love it. I am comfortable in this position and I enjoy how physical I can be,” Perelshtein said. “I would also like to be coached up at fullback. think with my height and weight I would be pretty useful in that position.”

Perelshtein patterns his play after this star athlete.

“I look up to Luke Kuechly. Not only is he a beast on the field, he came back from a concussion stronger than ever. Plus his sportsmanship is off the charts,” Perelshtein said. “You can be good and cocky or you can be good, humble and respected by your team and peers. Luke's sportsmanship is one to be admired.”

Perelshtein has a strong passion for the game of football. This is shown through his actions and behavior on the field. 

“I love my team. It is such a brotherhood. We have each other’s backs. We trust each other to do our jobs. We all put in the blood, sweat, tears and daily grind,” Perelshtein said. “We know what it takes to have a winning season. As the song says: ‘You mess with one man - you got us all ... the Boys of Fall’. I love my team, my coaches and this culture - it's everything.”

Perelshtein does his best to show strong leadership to his teammates. It’s important to Perelshtein that he sets a positive example on his peers. 

“I lead by the motto of ‘Nothing Negative Ever!’ We don't lose, we learn. These men are your brothers - never, no matter what say anything negative and always have their backs - no matter what. There is no offseason for me. You will see me in the gym, or at speed and agility, or running stairs, or getting position specific training all year round. I wrestle also, and this training help my tremendously in football. As soon as wrestling season is over in February/March - I am right back in the gym getting bigger and faster and stronger. I believe that my team sees my work ethic and hopefully it is contagious,” Perelshtein said. “The best advice I give is: ‘Let's do our jobs, leave our hearts on that field and remember I got your number!”

Perelshtein has improved in many aspects since being selected to the Freshman450. Perelshtein excitedly lists the strides he’s made in the last year. 

“Making a move between eighth grade and freshman year to a new school and new program was a little scary. But this coaching staff and this culture has really pushed me to be my best self, a great student and a valuable team member,” Perelshtein said. “My skills will progress naturally, as long as I keep putting in the work. The mind is another story. I feel I have progressed to another level mentally because of the culture the coaches have created at Homestead.”

Perelshtein discusses his upcoming plans. 

“I am leaving next week for the University of Iowa's camp and campus tour,” Perelshtein said. “I will also be heading to Ferris State University, Grand View University and some UW schools.”

Perelshtein lists his proudest achievement. 

“My most valuable award is that my parents picked up their whole lives and moved to Mequon for me to play football for this incredible team, coaches and program. We all make big plays and have achievements,” Perelshtein said. “However, on that field, the only reason big plays happen is because 10 other men were doing their jobs. I try not to focus on me more my team. The 2018 Homestead varsity football team went undefeated in 2018 and went on to win the WIAA D2 State Title - as the underdog. Now that is an achievement!”

Perelshtein outlines what he needs to work on to take his game to the next level. 

“Speed definitely. I am a big guy. I lift/push a lot of weight in the gym (although I still want more). But my speed could be better. I would like to get down to the mid 4's in my 40. It is a work in progress. I am only a freshman so I have some time to work on it - but it is a main focus right now,” Perelshtein said. “I will never miss another pick-six if I can ever help it. That is the worst feeling in the world knowing you let your team down. I have been really concentrating on catching.”

 

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Article written by Rolando Rosa.

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