Alves' Stock Rising Fast

May 11 -- San Diego (Calif.) St. Augustine offensive lineman Mike Alves is one of the top prospects out West and recently hit the double digit mark on the scholarship offer front...

He's not getting the same kind of regional or national buzz as some of the other linemen out West but Mike Alves is a very good looking player with as much upside as any guard in the region. He's what you call a road grader and physically, just manhandles kids at the high school level.

He's a throwback in his style of play and doesn't just look to block his man but punish him and put him into the ground. He plays through the whistle and has the nastiness you love to see in a young lineman. At 6-5, 319 pounds, he tested very well at The Opening Regional Camp in L.A running a 5.22-40 and threw the power ball 41.5'.

He's currently rated the No. 4 OG out West but after watching him closely, he's definitely an underrated prospect with the talent to play for any program out West.

On the recruiting front, Alves is sitting on double digit scholarship offers and could be close on a few more.

"Boise State was my most recent offer, that came last week," Alves said. "I also have Arizona, Arizona State, Boston College, California, Oregon State, San Diego State, Vanderbilt, Washington and Washington State. UCLA could be close to offering as well.

"Coach (Kennedy) Polamalu came to my school and said they like me a lot but they want to wait until everything is settled with the OL coach first. Oregon has been by and I'm going to camp there in June. Michigan came by as well and they have a great program with great tradition. I'm also hearing from Wisconsin and San Jose State as well so things have been going pretty good for me so far."

Along with the Oregon camp, Alves said there are a couple of other schools he would like to visit.

"I want to get out to Boston College in June as well," Alves said. "I like Washington a lot too and that's one school I would like to take one of my official visits to. Right now, my plan is to narrow my list down to a top 3-5 by the end of the summer.

"Then I'll take some trips during the season and commit shortly after the season is over. Right now, I really haven't narrowed things down enough to know where I'll visit but Washington is one school I know I want to see. The biggest factors for me will be finding a program that can win, one where I fit in with the offense and a school with good academics.

"Coming from St. Augustine, I'm used to winning so that's important. I want to play on teams that can compete for championships. I also like teams that run the ball, that fits my style of play since I'm an aggressive player. I'm in no hurry here, it's a huge decision for me so I'm going to do some visits and then once I'm comfortable with my choice, that's when I'll go ahead and commit."

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