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One of two Virginia Tech commitments in Blacksburg on official visits this past weekend, 6-5, 310-pound Hylton (Woodbridge, VA) offensive line prospect Will Alvarez is one of Virginia Tech’s biggest recruits – literally and figuratively. More importantly than the official visit, however, is what news will come this week.
“I think he was excited about the visit,” said Hylton head coach Lou Sorrentino, who had not spoken with Alvarez since the talented recruit left for Blacksburg. “I know he had been down a few times. Virginia Tech’s coaches have done a nice job of being around our place. I think they wanted to formalize some things this weekend, but I think he was excited about it.”
One of the issues the Tech staff was supposed to address would be Alvarez’ possible future plans should he not meet qualification standards.
“It’s interesting, because grades for the first semester are due [today],” Sorrentino said. Should Alvarez not qualify, he may have to head to prep school. “He studied a lot, preparing for recent exams. He told me he got a couple back and they were good.
“I think they were going to talk to Will over the weekend about his academics and things like that. That’s what Coach Foster told me. We had talked a little bit about this behind the scenes, but I didn’t want Will to use [going to prep school] as a crutch. We’ll see what happens.”
Alvarez, a first-team VHSCA and AP all-state performer in 2006, turned in a nice senior season.
“There is still a lot of growth there,” Sorrentino said. “I think he has room to grow as a player. He was really dominant at times this past season. I’ve been happy with his development, but he’s still a long way from being done. The team went 8-2 and we didn’t make the playoffs, so that was a disappointment to him. He is a team player and he didn’t do what he wanted to do. Each practice, though, he was getting better and better. He is gaining consistency and was at times dominant.
“I’ve said all along that consistency is the area he needs to work on. He has showed the strength, the footwork…it’s a matter of learning techniques and playing consistently play in and play out. In terms of his potential, every coach I’ve talked to was excited about him. He’s a likeable kid. He’s willing to work hard.”
Stay tuned, as TSL will follow up with Sorrentino later this week for the latest on Will’s academic situation...
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