December 4, 2011

Ceachir raves about trip to Boulder

A brief experience playing club football inspired Alexandru Ceachir to leave Moldova, a country located in Eastern Europe between Romania and the Ukraine, for the United States.

The 6-foot-5, 291-pounder gained experience as an offensive tackle at Santa Monica (Calif.) College the last two years and now a number of FBS programs are after his signature.

"It was really hard at the beginning but as soon as I got used to playing football in this country, I got more comfortable," said Ceachir on Sunday right after he returned from an official visit to Colorado. "Football becomes such a big part of your life. It is a job, a war and a hobby. All of those things."

Ceachir helped Santa Monica College to a SCFA American Division Pacific Conference championship this fall. He earned first-team all-league honors.

"As soon as I know what I need to do, I practice and work hard so that I can do it well," said Ceachir. "I always had that drive because if you are good you can go D-1 and have school paid for."

Ceachir's official visit to Colorado was his first. Offensive linemen Alex Lewis and Brad Cotner helped show him around.

"I am really glad that I went to Colorado because it went really good. I am really excited about it," said Ceachir. "I liked everything from the weather to location to the coaches to the academics, all kinds of stuff. The people that live there are really nice and the program really helps you get a good education and has a football team that can help you get to the NFL."

The weather was exceptionally cold in Boulder this weekend. But it did not faze Ceachir.

"I felt at home," he said. "I think I would fit in perfectly there. I really like it. … I can say [Colorado] has got an advantage. It was much more than I expected."

Ceachir is scheduled to visit Utah next weekend. He is not sure if he will take any more trips. Arkansas, Florida International, Fresno State, Hawaii, Indiana State and SMU have also offered him a scholarship.

"We are going to have a couple coaches coming out this week so we are going to talk," Ceachir said. "I know I am allowed to take five visits so we are going to see. But I am going to be done with school on Dec. 20."

Ceachir will transfer to his college of choice in January.

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