Briar Woods lineman Alex Ronk (Twitter Photo)
Wagner College offers Alex Ronk of Briar Woods
by Jim McGrath, recruitNoVA
Briar Woods lineman Alex Ronk added to his list of smaller school offers with the first from a Division I level school – drawing interest from Wagner College in Staten Island, NY.
Wagner, which plays in the Northeast Conference, suffered early growing pains in 2015 under new coach Jason Houghtaling. Houghtaling, who replaced Walt Hameline (223 wins in 32 years), finished 1-10 in his first season, but rebounded to 6-5 last year and has the Seahawk program back on track and working toward the level of the team which made it to the second round of the FCS playoffs in 2013.
Ronk brings a unique balance of size, versatility and speed to the table. The 6’1”, 240-pound lineman made his mark on both sides of the ball for Coach Charlie Pierce’s Falcons. Ronk was named both All-Conference 14 and second team 5A North Region as an offensive and defensive lineman. He was also a member of the All-Loudoun squad.
Briar Woods, a perennial Division 5A playoff team, finished last season with a disappointing 4-7 record, and their season ended with a 53-28 loss to Patrick Henry in the first round of the playoffs. However, one of their wins ended up being the only loss for eventual 6A state champion Westfield. Ronk, who plays both guard and defensive tackle, enjoyed his best game with a 15-tackle performance against South County, and combines formidable strength (335 lb. bench and 475 squat), with unique size for a big man, having clocked a 4.8 in the 40-yard dash.
In November, Falcon line coach Donnie Smith told Gameday magazine of Ronk’s mental stability as a player, “He doesn’t get down when the team is struggling. You can’t tell the score of the game by watching his play on the offensive line.”
Ronk, who maintains a 3.5 GPA, has also received offers from smaller schools, such as Catholic University (D-III) and Shepherd (D-II). He has also trained for over seven years as a boxer, and one of his life goals is to become a Navy Seal.
– Jim McGrath