Alvarez Progressing in Senior Season

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If there was one knock against 6-5, 310-pound offensive lineman Will Alvarez heading into his senior season, it was consistency. But, this season, the touted prospect turning in better performances according to Hylton Head Coach Lou Sorrentino.

Hylton is off to a 4-0 start to the season.

“He’s definitely progressing,” Sorrentino said of Alvarez, who is his left tackle. “We have run the ball extremely well this year. Our top rusher, Omoniyi Bakare, has four straight 100-yard games. Will, Leo [Grassilli] and Brandon [Westbrooks] have all been playing really well. We’ve been fairly dominant running the ball.”

Alvarez certainly turned in some impressive plays last season as a junior, but often wasn’t able to be as impressive as the game went on. This is another thing he has improved on this year.

“We’ll stop and look at the highlights and there are some plays where he has really been dominant,” Sorrentino said. “Physically, he has been dominant. And I think he’s just getting better. He’s getting to the point where, play in and play out, he has been dominant. That didn’t happen last year. Last year, he was a better blocker early in the game than he was late. He’s in better shape this year and each performance is better. We haven’t had that dropoff in a game yet this year.”

In the classroom, Alvarez gets his interim grades this week. He improved his academics over the summer and has continued to work hard this year.

“He had a great summer. He did really well in summer school,” Sorrentino said. “I think he’s been more focused his senior year. He’s doing good things. His maturity is progressing. He’s working hard at the academics. I think he’s taking it seriously now. I’ve been impressed with his maturity along with the other seniors.”

The big-time offensive line recruit was in Blacksburg on Saturday for Virginia Tech’s game versus Georgia Tech. How did the trip go?

“I know he was disappointed in the outcome, but he enjoyed the chance to see the coaches and the players,” Sorrentino said. “He took a couple of our other guys with him. He met a few other recruits while he was there, so I think he liked that.”

Alvarez remains firm in his commitment.

“That’s not something we took lightly,” Sorrentino said. “I mean, who knows with kids sometimes and things happen, but he’s as stable as I’ve seen him. I