Danvers High running back Alex Valles gave a verbal commitment to Georgetown University over the weekend, his family confirmed to the Boston area media this afternoon.
— Betsy Valles (@valles_b) January 13, 2014
The 6-foot, 210-pound Valles was named a Northeastern Conference All-Star after an explosive senior senior campaign for the Falcons, who finished 7-4 with an MIAA Division 3 Northeast First Round appearance. In nine games, Valles carried 123 times for 1,172 yards and 21 touchdowns, averaging 9.5 yards a carry.
Valles is committing to the Hoyas, who compete in the Patriot League of Division 1 FCS, as a running back. He also had varying degrees of interest from Maine, New Hampshire, Sacred Heart, Bentley, Stonehill, and Holy Cross. Valles' brother, Nick, is a freshman walk-on at UMass.
"The biggest reason I committed to Georgetown was for the academics," Valles told ESPNBoston.com. "They have one of the best schools academically in the nation, and they do a great job setting you up with internships and jobs once you are out of school. Also, when I was down for the official visit, I got to be around the players and they seemed like a great group of guys. Georgetown had been recruiting me since junior year, and they definitely recruited me the hardest, which helped make my decision easy.
"Another reason I committed to Georgetown was the opportunity to play early. They lost three seniors due to graduation, and currently have only two running backs returning, so there is a great opportunity to play right away."
In the secondary, Valles demonstrated some great ball instincts as well. Check out this play against Peabody, in which he rips the ball out of a Peabody running back's grip and takes it 85 yards the other way untouched for the game-winning score.