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Alex Villanueva plans to attend ASU and play football this fall, announcing his intentions at a ceremony on Monday, June 11. Pictured on top row from left to right, AHS Principal Mark Garrett, Vikings head football coach Darrell Brewer and AHS Athletics Director David Wright. Pictured on bottom row from left to right are Villanueva's mother Cary Dominguez, Villanueva and Samuel Dominguez. Photo by Jamie Shell



Originally published: 2012-06-13 09:54:52
Last modified: 2012-06-13 09:57:53

Villanueva to Appalachian State

Jamie Shell / (sports@averyjournal.com)

Avery Vikings football and track standout Alex Villanueva will work to continue his football career at the collegiate level, enrolling at ASU for the fall semester.
Villanueva looks to join the Mountaineers as a walk-on student-athlete, bringing with him impressive credentials that include the 2011 Western Highlands Conference Offensive Football Player of the Year award, 2011-12 WHC basketball All-Conference team member and a three-time All-State performer in track and field.
"I chose ASU because it is close to home and a good program. The coaches have a good reputation," Villanueva said. "I had a setback with the injury I suffered, but besides that, the coaches at Avery prepared me well for the next level and I'm excited about going to Boone."
Villanueva plans to major in appropriate technology, which deals with solar panels and windmills, and continue his education to earn a master's degree in petroleum engineering. While gaining his education at ASU, Villanueva intends to work hard to contribute as quickly as possible to a Mountaineers program that boasts a top-10 preseason FCS ranking.
"Hopefully I can fit in well, as ASU runs the same offense as Avery," Villanueva added. "I'm looking forward to getting a workout plan from the coaches and working at college. We'll see how things work out in the long run."
Avery head coach Darrell Brewer expressed sadness with the loss of his team's three-year starter at quarterback, but holds Villanueva in high esteem as a player and individual.
"Alex seems like one of those kids that has been with us for a long time. You can go back and look at the wins and big games we've won, and Alex is one of those kids you just can't replace," Brewer said. "He's been the face of the program since the Hendersonville game in 2009."
Brewer believes Villanueva will be a positive on campus at ASU, as well as in the locker room.
"Everywhere I go, folks ask me about Alex and about his future plans because he was such an impact player for us. ASU will be getting a phenomenal athlete," Brewer added. "He's a hard worker and a winner in everything he does. He is a competitor and a top-notch young man. He doesn't cause any problems and works his tail off to get better."
Villanueva's mother and step-father, Cary and Samuel Dominguez, expressed pride in Villanueva's accomplishments and future plans, as well as excitement that he will be in close proximity to home.
"I'm definitely not complaining that Alex is close. We're really excited that he has chosen ASU. We were thinking that he would be headed to South Carolina or Florida at F.I.U.," Cary Dominguez said. "I'm proud that he has already chosen a career path. I'm sure that a lot of kids change their majors several times, but Alex is goal-oriented and seems to be working toward his goal."
"We're really proud of Alex," added Samuel Dominguez. "He's worked hard to get to where he is, and has a lot more potential and more to do. We're looking forward to seeing what he can do in the future."