Park City receiver invited to national combine
January 4, 2013
Despite the struggles of the Park City Miners football team in 2012, junior wide receiver Alec Wing was recognized as one of the top underclassmen in the country and was invited to participate in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and the U.S. Army National Combine.
The events took place at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, from Jan. 3 to Jan. 5, and featured 500 of the nation’s top underclassmen players.
Much like the members of Wing’s favorite band, Radiohead, who took an alternative route to music superstardom, redefining themselves a couple of times before finding mainstream triumph, Wing’s football career has taken him on an alternative path to success.
The Park City High School receiver, who enjoys learning several different musical instruments when he’s not on the football field, also had to redefine himself on the gridiron.
Wing played quarterback for nearly his entire football career, only switching to wide receiver two games into the 2012 season in order to help kick-start the Miners’ struggling offense.
While he says he’s a "jack of all trades, master of none" when it comes to his music career, he’s seemingly mastered the wide receiver position on the field.
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Wing finished Park City’s 2012 campaign with 10 touchdown catches and more than 700 receiving yards.
As far as where he’ll end up playing in college, Wing is still undecided.
"My dream school would be Oregon," he said. "That would be awesome."
But he wouldn’t be opposed to staying closer to home.
"I’d love to stay in Utah and play at the U because I’d have my friends and family around me," he said.
He added that he thinks he’d be comfortable within either of those schools’ offensive schemes.
"They both run a form of spread offense and pass a good amount," he said. "Oregon runs the exact same offense I’ve been running for years."
There will be plenty of recruiters trying to help him make up his mind in the coming months. He’s already drawing interest from Division I schools like Utah, Utah State and San Diego State.
For now, though, he’s just trying to enjoy the competition and camaraderie at the All-American Bowl.
"The fact that I was invited is really cool," he said. "I credit Charlie Graves from Athletic Republic (an athlete training center) for helping me get to this combine. Now, I’m just trying to get some looks."
The actual game is being played today, after two days of build-up, including combine drills and meetings with recruiters.
"Everyone here is really serious and knows what they’re doing," he said from San Antonio. "I’ve talked to some pretty cool recruiters."
But for now, Wing has some goals he wants to accomplish in high school, including helping the Miners rebound from a 1-9 record last year.
"I want to bring the tradition of winning back to Park City," he said. "Winning has always been very prevalent in Park City. I want to get back to winning Region 10 every year."
He’s excited to work with new football coach Mike Shepherd, who coached the Miners from 1997 to 2005 and had a great deal of success.
"What he did in the past is what we need now," Wing said. "I talk to him as much as I can in school and I’m curious to see what happens next year."
But aside from wanting to return to the top of the region, Wing said his 2013 campaign will come down to just one thing.
"I want to have a memorable senior year," he said.