Around the State: 2007 Class 1st Edition

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With most of the top in-state talent in the 2006 class heading out-of-state, there is no doubt coaches from Virginia and Virginia Tech are looking forward to a stronger in-state performance with the 2007 group. It is too early to tell exactly where the new class of stars will go but, at least initially, the amount of kids intent on leaving the state seems significantly less and I still believe the 2006 exodus is just a one-year wonder.

In this first edition of Around the State, I was able to gather info on a number of top kids including, among others, QB Russell Wilson; RB/ATH Max Milien; OL William Alvarez and Khalil Latif; LBs Terance Fells-Danzer, Aaron Taliaferro, J’Courtney Williams; ATHs Savion Frazier and Colin Pehanick.

Northern Virginia…

Hylton (Woodbridge, VA) offensive tackle William Alvarez is off to a good start offer-wise, as he has official offers from Maryland and Virginia with an offer from Virginia Tech on the way. In addition to those programs, more ACC schools and others such as Penn State are showing serious interest. Alvarez camped at Virginia last summer and he certainly likes the Cavaliers, but head coach Lou Sorrentino feels it’s too early to name a leader and doesn’t believe Alvarez will decide early.

“I don’t see that happening,” Sorrentino said of Alvarez making an early decision. “He’s been to a few junior days. I think he’s got an open mind. Virginia is there – he went to the camp and it was a place he liked – but now he’s getting attention from a lot of places. He hasn’t talked at all about making an early decision.”

The 2005 season was Alvarez’ first as primarily an offensive player (he was primarily a defensive player as a sophomore)…he did well, earning VHSCA second-team all-state honors for his performance.

“He’s still new to the position,” Sorrentino said. “This past year was his first really starting on offense. I put him on defense his sophomore year and he played more defense than offense. This year, he was primarily on offense and he was dominating at times. He’s a big guy with quick feet. He showed a toughness that I liked a lot. His highlights are awesome. Once he gets on his man, he’s stays on him. He just has so much upside.”

Virginia has offered 6-2, 230-pound Culpeper linebacker