One of the fastest rising offensive linemen on the West Coast is San Diego (Calif.) St. Augustine junior Mike Alves. This old-school offensive lineman buries his opponents into the ground and displays a bit of a nasty streak on the field. That smash-mouth mentality has helped him pull in several offers while receiving interest from others including the Maize and Blue.
“Michigan came by school a couple weeks ago, but I wasn’t at school,” Alves said. “I am interested in them. I’d love to visit, but I really only like visiting if I have an offer. The location seems nice. I think it would be cool there because I like the cold weather a little more.”
Another factor that has piqued the interest of the 6-foot-5, 318-pound physical road grader towards the Wolverines is their new head coach, Jim Harbaugh.
“I don’t know much about Michigan, but knowing that Coach Harbaugh has come on, I am excited to see where he will take them,” said Alves. “I just think since he was an NFL coach, then he could turn the program around.”
If the Wolverines were to extend an offer out to Alves, what would that mean to him?
“It would interest me a lot more (if they offered) because I wouldn’t have to worry what if they don’t offer me,” said Alves.” An offer for me would kind of just make me more interested.”
He’s currently the No. 39 ranked offensive guard and a three star by Scout, but Alves has the potential to rise in the rankings with his growing game that has drawn plenty of schools to come by this spring.
“I have had coaches been coming by my school recently,” said Alves. “Spring ball starts and I think a lot more are going to come out and I’m still getting some offers too. I have had Arizona, California, Vanderbilt, Michigan, Michigan State, Oregon and a couple others come by.”
Alves plans to visit Boston College in June and might be going to Oregon in the summer as well.