Having approximately 13 scholarships, San Diego (CA) St. Augustine offensive guard Mike Alves doesn’t plan to have a top list until the end of summer. Even so, he admits a handful of schools are starting to stand out.
“I definitely think Washington, Oregon and Wisconsin, those three schools I find pretty interesting,” Alves told BadgerNation. “Those schools are higher on the list than others, but I still haven’t decided yet.”
The 6-5, 318-pound knows plenty about the Ducks and Huskies because of his position in the West Coast but has started to learn about the Badgers from outside linebackers coach Tim Tibesar and offensive line coach Joe Rudolph.
“I like the power run,” said Alves. “I like the run a lot, so that’s exciting for me. The coaches have pretty much told me they are the ‘O-Line University,’ and they have sent a lot of guys to the NFL. When people ask me who has offered me and I say Wisconsin, they say it’s a big deal because it’s pretty good for an offensive lineman. It definitely makes me a little bit more interested when people are saying I should feel honored that they offered me. It’s pretty cool.”
Alves has also been building a relationship with head coach Chris Petersen, who is entering his second season as head coach of the Huskies.
“I don’t know much about their play style and all that yet, but their entire staff is interested,” said Alves. “Most schools I talk to one or two coaches but there are at least five or six guys talking to me from Washington. They are all really cool about it and everything. I actually FaceTime (video conference) with their whole staff and it was really cool. They even showed me the field. I’m going to find out more about them later.”
Oregon’s up-tempo offense is distinctly different than Washington and Wisconsin, but Alves believes he has the skillset to fit into any offense.
“I have definitely thought about it, and I think I am more of a conditioned lineman,” said Alves. “A lot of times I played both ways last year, and we do a lot of running. I feel like I’m in shape for that. Oregon’s style of offense, I feel like I can do that pretty well and that I am capable.”
Alves has played in low key over the summer in terms of his recruitment. Not going out of his way to attend camps or take visits, the only major visit Alves took was an unofficial visit to Boston College following his sister’s graduation.
Rated a three-star prospect and the No.41 offensive guard in the country by Scout.com, Alves plans to take officials in the fall.
“I am definitely started to narrow it down,” said Alves. “Right now I am preparing for our football season, so I am not worried about it too much. It is in the back of my mind that I have to make a decision soon. I am still thinking about it a lot.”
With his team moving up from division 2 to division 1, thus making it a much harder schedule for him and his teammates, Alves is doing his best to develop into a leadership role, especially since his unit graduated a handful of linemen.
“We lost some significant players, so we have to fill in those spots,” said Alves. “With some of the seniors on the team, if we can just encourage the younger kids, I think we’ll do pretty well. For me, the things I have to work on technique wise is my footwork has to improve a little bit. I just throw my hands at people and really don’t move my feet. So if I whiff, we’re kind of screwed.
“I can see how people would expect me to do more but playing one position you can only do so much on the o-line. I mainly am just looking for others to step up, encouraging others to do so and work harder.”