Durant’s Alex Jamison - "Athlete Spotlight" Presented by Excel Therapy
From the football field to the wrestling mat, Alex Jamison understands there’s more than just physicality in sports that makes a champion.
“You can be a tough guy and compete but the combination of playing physical and smart at the same time gives the better athlete an advantage,” said Jamison, a senior at Durant High School.
The Lions linebacker, who was named to the Oklahoma Coaches Association All-Star by class football team, is a true competitor inside the wrestling circle who entered the Class 5A regional 195-pound ladder with a 6-0 mark.
“Wrestling helped make me a way better football player by improving my footwork and tackling,” said Jamison whose go-to-move includes a swing-single. “I used to just collar tie and work a wrestler but now I’m more of the snap and go wrestler.”
Using the inspiration of American freestyle wrestler, Jordan Burroughs, an Olympic gold medalist and four-time World Champion as his role model, Jamison is on a mission. A Class 5A state qualifier a year ago, Madron is determined to qualify again in 2021. But who is the real Alex Jamison, on and off the field of sports?
“I’d define myself as a smart, funny and caring type of guy,” replied Jamison who maintains a 3.8 GPA. “The most important of those three words is caring because I know how it is to struggle and feel alone and I don’t want anyone to feel that way.”
The impact of Jamison’s spirit and work ethic continues to make a difference in sports, at school and in the community.
“Alex is a leader by example,” said Durant wrestling coach Jim Taylor. “He won’t let an injury of any type keep him off the mat. Alex says very little but no matter the situation, he’s always ready to compete and you know he’ll always gives his all.”
Or as another coach says, Alex Jamison defines the meaning of servant leadership.
“With Alex, no task is too big or too small, if it needs to be done, he’s ready and willing to help,” explained Lions head football coach Todd Vargas. “Alex is the ultimate teammate who is ready to jump in and complete any assignment. Our kids follow his example and his leadership serves as an incredible role model for others.”
With the soothing sounds of country along with R&B music playing in the background, Jamison relaxes spending time with friends as well as working on trucks. Math is his favorite classroom subject, something that he’ll use to his advantage while pursuing a college degree in petroleum engineering while attending the University of Oklahoma.
And as he takes the mat for the final time before crossing the graduation stage in May, Alex Jamison will continue to leave a legacy of footprints for others to follow in pursuit of their dreams.
“To be a Durant Lion means holding yourself to higher standard than normal. I want to be remembered as a good man that will go out of my way to help others. “#DurantPride