I am not criticizing here; when I was 17 or 18, I probably wouldn't have been the most engaging interview subject, either.
That's why when a player comes along on the other end of the phone line like Iowa Grayshirt commitment Dominic Alvis of Logan (Magnolia),
To say that Alvis was well spoken and focused would be an understatement.
Alvis began our conversation by confirming that he is still solidly committed to
To the uninitiated, a Grayshirt commitment is like putting an extra fish into the live well. Alvis is a senior in high school, but he will pay his own way to come to
The term ‘Grayshirt' was new to Alvis, just as it might be new to some of you.
"No, I really wasn't familiar with that term," Alvis said. "When Kirk Ferentz explained it to me, that was the first I had heard it. They had been thinking about that month's beforehand. But they also told me there is the possibility that I could receive a scholarship next fall."
"When you think about it, the Grayshirt route is a pretty good deal, actually. Five and a half years on scholarship and a chance for me to pursue my degree even further. If you look at it that way, it's a good deal."
When you intend to major in Biology and move on to Dentistry school, that's quite a bit of added value in a full ride scenario. There are just a few minor drawbacks, in Alvis' eyes.
"I would like the scholarship, because it would be easier to explain to my friends and family that
While Chizik mostly ignored instate talent, to the point of avoiding several players from the state of Iowa, Rhoads (like Kirk Ferentz) understands that his program will have to start at home; while a member of Pittsburgh coaching staff, Rhoads persuaded his head coach to offer Andy Brodell, which was Brodell's lone BCS conference offer outside of the state.
Rhoads has been in contact with Alvis.
"I am still committed to
"I met with Coach Rhoads in his office on an unofficial visit. He came across as energetic and outgoing, although he was a little fatigued from playing catch up on the job. He still displayed a lot of competitive undertone to what he was talking about. He has his sights set high, which they should be. He is very goal oriented and he is a great person."
"I have to tell you, an offer from
Alvis said he hadn't spoken with Ferentz about the ‘NFL' since the Outback Bowl, but he feels comfortable with that topic just being a lot of talk.
"I haven't spoken with (Ferentz) directly; I have spoken with Reese Morgan and he said that (Ferentz) is not going to the NFL. He said the media blows that all up, and that Kirk isn't going anywhere."