The road to the University of New Mexico was a long one for Gloucester’s Alex St. Peter.
Since the 6-foot-5, 319-pound offensive lineman graduated from Gloucester High School in 2010, he’s had his sights on the bright lights of collegiate football.
He certainly had the frame for it.
So he set off toward that goal. An unpolished but talented St. Peter went the post-graduate route, attending Fork Union Military Academy in Virginia — a prep-school power that has sent more than 70 players, including the likes of Plaxico Burress, Eddie George, Vinny Testaverde and Gaines Adams, to the NFL.
St. Peter’s original plan was to spend two post-graduate seasons with Fork Union in the hopes of a primetime scholarship.
A change in the NCAA’s post-graduate rules, however, forced him to move on, as the governing body of collegiate athletics decided that multiple post-graduate seasons would burn years of college eligibility.
That led to St. Peter’s enrollment at Dean College in Franklin, Mass., for the 2011 season. For St. Peter, though, it was a forgettable season, as an injury left him to the sidelines and lost him the chance to play for Florida State, his then-decided destination.
But that’s where his connections down at Fork Union came in.
“I had gotten looked at by a bunch of D-1 schools,” St. Peter said. “While I was at Dean, I got injured and I was planning on going to Florida State at that point, but they didn’t want me after the injury.
“I talked to my coach at Fork Union, and he said New Mexico’s looking for linemen and looking to rebuild. I didn’t know there was even a D-1 team out there, but I figured, ‘They’re looking to rebuild, so I’ll go for it.’”