Though it seems very, very likely that former Hylton (Woodbridge, VA) star Will Alvarez will indeed gain clearance to play at Virginia Tech, the 6-5, 315-pound offensive line prospect continues to wait out an official decision. We caught up with Hylton head coach Lou Sorrentino for the latest in this saga, which could come to an end today or tomorrow.
“The latest is that he was admitted to Tech, but the NCAA hasn’t cleared him yet,” Sorrentino said. “There was a second transcript that included his summer Math course that we sent to Virginia Tech. We sent it to the Clearinghouse, but they told us they didn’t have it. We sent it to them again through Fed Ex on Monday and we are waiting to hear back.”
Though he is frustrated, Alvarez continues to go about his business.
“He has been working out with us,” Sorrentino said. “There have been so many highs and lows now that he is getting frustrated, especially with this latest thing. It is good that he was admitted to Virginia Tech and hopefully we’ll hear from the NCAA this week.”
Alvarez turned in a solid senior season performance, earning first-team all-state honors. Though Alvarez is a talented player, coach Sorrentino believes a red-shirt season would be good for his former standout.
“He has been working out with us, but not at the level Virginia Tech will work him out at,” Sorrentino said. “It will be a transition for him academically and work out wise. He did okay with us, but Tech is another level. It is a big transition. He did well for us, but he’ll be going against guys his size on a regular basis. He has been working out and he has the tools, but I also think he has a lot to learn.”
Alvarez is listed on Tech’s official web site as an offensive tackle. Sorrentino believes he could play tackle or guard for Virginia Tech.
“Way back when, [the Virginia Tech coaches] were talking about Will and saying he could play tackle or guard,” Sorrentino said. “I think he has the feet to play outside, but I think he has the capability to play either guard or tackle. We switched him in and out.”
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