Alves pretty interested in UO after offer

San Diego (Calif.) St. Augustine offensive guard Mike Alves talks about where Oregon sits among his favorite programs after picking up an offer and his summer plans

As reported by Scout.com’s Greg Biggins on Friday, Oregon offered San Diego (Calif.) St. Augustine offensive guard Mike Alves.

Alves becomes the latest in a string of recent offers for Oregon and the 6-foot-5, 320-pound three-star prospect spoke with eDuck.com on Sunday about the offer, which he received from offensive line coach Steve Greatwood following a spring evaluation by graduate assistant coach Joe Bernardi.

“I actually thought they weren’t going to offer me unless I came to a camp,” Alves said. “But then they did and I thought that was pretty cool. I’m actually pretty interested so it’s a good thing they did offer.”

The offer affirmed that Alves, who’s ranked in the top five at his position in the West region, is a player with a rising stock and will be a wanted man by several schools, something he didn’t think would happen a few years ago.

“As a kid I never really thought I’d be that guy that was getting looked at by one of the best college football teams in the nation,” he said. “So that’s really cool for me.”

Alves said that Greatwood was a fan of his film, but it was his performance in another sport that helped land the offer.

“Actually, when he offered me, he said he saw some clips of me playing rugby as well,” he said. “He said he liked my balance, my athleticism and all that stuff.”

Oregon joins Washington, Wisconsin and Boston College as programs that are sticking out to Alves right now. He will visit Boston College next month, but has no other visits planned for the summer. He’ll likely take an official visit to Oregon in the fall and use the summer to work on a few aspects of his game, starting first and foremost with his strength.

“I dislocated my shoulder my junior year so (benchpress) is pretty weak,” he said. “I have to work on my footwork. My punch is pretty strong, but I rely a lot on my punch so oftentimes I won’t move my feet. I’ll get in trouble with that.”

Alves also hopes to take more of a leadership role during his senior season. As for a decision, Alves is in no rush and will take his time before choosing a program.

“I’ll probably get a top list by the end of summer and then take my visits to the colleges I think I’d like to attend during the football season,” he said. “And then after the football season is over I’ll probably make a decision.”


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