Monte Vista’s Felix signs with Western Colorado

Monte Vista High School student-athlete Alejandro Felix (sitting) signed a national letter of intent to play football at Western Colorado University. Back row, from left, Monte Vista head coach Manny Wasinger, Felix’s father Jesus, Monte Vista quarterback Andrew Chavez, Felix’s mother Blanca, and Monte Vista principal Jose Ortega (Courier photo by Ken Hamrick).

ALAMOSA – Monte Vista High School student-athlete Alejandro Felix decided where he will continue his athletic and academic career on Wednesday as he signed a national letter of intent to play football at Western Colorado University.

“I’m really excited,” Felix said. “I just signed with Western Colorado University. I’m excited to be a Mountaineer and play for them.”

Felix said that he signed with WCU because it made him feel at home.

“I had a couple of choices to make,” Felix said. “When I went there on my visit, it felt like home. They made me feel comfortable. They made me feel welcome like I was playing here at home. The coaches, the players, everything was just amazing and I felt like I would be a really great fit.”

Felix will play on the offensive line for the Mountaineers. The exact position is not determined.

He had a great career at Monte Vista as he helped lead the Pirates to the state playoffs the last three years of his career.

“It was a fun experience,” Felix said. “I got to build brotherhoods and build relationships with people. I built a bond with them, build a family with them, and that’s what I love doing.”

“He’s been a huge part of our success over the last four years,” said Monte Vista coach Manny Wasinger. “He’s going to be the first one to credit his teammates for the success he’s had individually. We capped it off with a good senior year. This opportunity to continue his education at Western Colorado took a lot of hard work on his part, but it’s also a collective effort by the team and his teachers, his administrators, his coaches here at Monte Vista. He’s put a lot of work into his four years.

“Football is the ultimate team sport, and Alex understands that,” Wasinger continued. “Probably no position exemplifies that more than the offensive line. They don’t get a lot of recognition most of the time. It’s usually the quarterbacks, running backs, and receivers getting all the recognition. Alex just quietly goes about his business and did his job. He’s the reason we had two 1,000-yard rushers in our backfield and a 1,000-yard passer. We’re very proud in his opportunity.”

Felix capped off his career by being named the San Luis Valley Co-Player of the Year in December.

“It was a pretty fun experience,” Felix said. “It was a big accomplishment in my sporting career. It makes me push even harder to be better.”

“He’s got a lot of individual honors,” Wasinger said. “He’s been a two-year All-State player for us and the three-time All-Conference player for us in football. He was the Defensive Player of the Year in our league, and the Co-Player of the Year in the SLV this year. We’re extremely happy for him. Western Colorado is getting a good one.”

Felix indicated that he enjoyed his experience while playing at Monte Vista.

“It was the best experience anybody could ask for,” Felix said. “We have a great coaching staff, great players, great program, a great weight room. It’s not only just the program, it’s the community too. Everyone it’s just caring. It’s like one big family here at Monte Vista.

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