Alvarez Cleared by NCAA

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True freshman offensive lineman William Alvarez enrolled at Tech last week and began practicing with the team, although he had not been fully qualified by the NCAA Clearinghouse. Today, the news is better: Alvarez has been cleared by the NCAA Clearinghouse to participate in athletic activities this season. The offensive tackle from Woodbridge, VA is at Virginia Tech to stay.

Alvarez was a highly-touted recruit who was ranked #10 in the state of Virginia by TechSideline.com. He chose Virginia Tech over offers from Maryland, Miami, Penn State, UNC and UVA. He is able to play tackle or guard, and he is listed as a left tackle currently on the Tech depth chart.

Although he’s physically the most impressive freshman offensive lineman, Alvarez will likely redshirt this season. He got a late start on practice, and because of that he is behind the other freshmen mentally. He’ll have a chance to crack the two-deep next spring.

Matt Wright Back with the Team

Redshirt freshman linebacker Matt Wright (6-2, 221) was allowed to practice with the team for the first time this week. Wright was on and off the team last fall and did not participate in spring practice.

Like Alvarez, Wright has a very late start on practice, and he did not go through spring practice, so he is behind most r-freshmen at this stage. However, he is an important addition because of the void at the backer position that will have to be filled when Xavier Adibi’s career is over after this season.

Wright was ranked the #11 recruit in the state of Virginia by TSL in the Class of 2006. He had offers from Maryland, UNC, South Carolina, NC State and UVA.

In other news, R-senior cornerback Roland Minor is still not practicing with the team. His status is still being evaluated by the coaching staff.

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