WEEKI WACHEE – Quarterback Alec Cromie has put Weeki Wachee football on the map after just four seasons following its debut. Even though the Hornets have yet to record a winning season, Cromie is determined to change that in his senior campaign.
The 6’3″, 212-pounder is up 12 lbs. since the end of last season. He said he felt that he reached new levels last season by tossing the most passing yards (2,040) in a single season and the most touchdowns (five) in a game in Hernando County history. On top of that, he tossed a career-best 19 touchdown passes.
“I feel good with the progress I’ve made,” Cromie said. “Looking back now with the things I’ve been doing there are a lot of missed opportunities I see now that I wouldn’t have seen then. At the time, I was happy with what I was doing, but I wasn’t satisfied. My mentality is to try to be the best football player I can be.”
It marked the second straight season that Cromie opened up the season with a five-touchdown performance. Last year it came against Ridgewood while he did the same against Interlachen as a sophomore.
The Hornets have gone 11-29 in their four seasons. Last season, they went 4-6 while finishing with a winning home record for the first time ever at 3-2. Cromie says making it to the playoffs in his final prep season would be huge for the program.
“It would mean a lot. Not just because making it that far, but seeing the young kids around me. We hope to achieve that, but everyone else is always looking and saying it’s not possible. I’d love to leave a legacy behind to show that anything can be done. It would change the whole culture of the high school.”
For Cromie, football was always something that he thought about it, but didn’t actually play until eighth grade. He played soccer and basketball before that and now football is the only thing he wants to do. He played JV as a freshman.
Over the last two years, Cromie also played small forward for the Hornets basketball team, but he’s unsure if he’ll play this season with football being so important to him.
He says he feels that he gained confidence in his game during his first varsity game as a sophomore. Cromie completed 12-of-19 pass attempts for 201 yards, five touchdowns and an interception in that game, a 42-6 win over Interlachen.
“When I played that game I didn’t feel worried at all. There were no butterflies, I was just playing football and having fun.”
Weeki Wachee head coach Mark Lee enters his fifth year as the head coach for the upstart program. Cromie says playing for Lee is great.
“He’s one of the few coaches around that runs the spread air-raid. That’s great for me as a pro-style quarterback. He’s always looking to help out. We’ve gotten real tight over the years. He helps me become a better person and player.”
As for his biggest strengths, Cromie says that his arm and ability to stand in the pocket and dissect the pressure. He wants to improve his scrambling and mechanics. He trains with John Kaleo at the Kaleo QB Academy and says he’s already throwing the ball more effortlessly.
Cromie has yet to receive an offer, but he has interest from Florida International, Marshall, Florida Atlantic, West Virginia, Appalachian State, North Carolina State, Florida Tech and Stetson.
He says he wants to go out of state to play football and that is something his parents have been pushing him to do, so he can learn something new. Marshall is a school that stands out to him in that regard because his stepdad played soccer there. Although, he says he would be happy at any of the other schools.
This summer, Cromie will be awfully busy attending camps at Florida A&M, Stetson, Florida International, Florida Tech and Big County Preps’ Executives Showcase.
In terms of his ultimate goal with the game of football, this is what Cromie had to say.
“I want to become the best person I can be on and off the field. That includes getting the best grades, going 100 percent towards everything that I do.”
He plans to study Sports Medicine in college.
Cromie is a humble kid who wants to get better with each and every rep. He is still rather raw in terms of football knowledge, but he has the smarts and the arm to be successful.
Don’t be shocked to see Alec Cromie help turn things around at Weeki Wachee. Like he said it would be an amazing feat. We will all be watching.
Favorite player to watch – Cam Newton, Peyton Manning
Favorite movies – When the Game Stands Tall, The Gladiator, Remember the Titans
Favorite TV show – The Walking Dead, Empire
Fun fact about you that you think no one knows – “Growing up my favorite sport was soccer. My completion dedication was that until middle school when I switched to basketball.”
Nickname from teammates or friends – “Hollywood”
Game film: Cromie’s Hudl tape
Photo credit: Tampa Bay Times
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