"I really want to go to a DI," Alvarado said in a telephone interview earlier this month. "But to me I don't think I will because of my knee."
Alvarado has fairly impressive ‘measurables'. He stands 5-foot-11 ½, 178 pounds and bench presses 265 pounds. And just five months after reconstructive knee surgery, he said he ran a 4.5-second 40-yard dash.
In both his sophomore and junior seasons at Haltom High School in Haltom City, Texas, Alvarado was penciled in as a starter at wide receiver and cornerback. But each year Alvarado has suffered a season-ending injury and spent the season rehabbing, rather than producing on the field.
A week before his first game his sophomore year, Alvarado partially tore his posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.
"And then my junior year just all of it went," Alvarado said.
For the second consecutive year Alvarado had suffered a major injury to his left knee a week before Haltom's first game. This time he had torn his anterior cruciate ligament and his medial collateral ligament.
But as his 40 time demonstrates, Alvarado's recovery has been incredibly quick.
"It's fine now," Alvarado said of his knee. "I'm 100 percent."
Alvarado is taking part in 7-on-7 competition this summer. He plans to go to a camp at Louisiana-Monroe and could possibly attend one at Missouri as well.
In recruiting circles, Alvarado is still considered a legitimate Division I talent. But he will not be surprised if the injuries impede his prospects.
"I'm pretty sure most DI colleges don't want someone going into their college with a knee (or) any kind of injuries," Alvarado said.
Still, Division I programs are giving Alvarado a look. In May, he received a phone call from Louisiana-Monroe. And he has received letters from Georgia Tech, Tulsa, Tulane, Wisconsin, Arizona, Missouri and Louisiana-Lafayette, among other schools.
But the injuries hang like a cloud over Alvarado's head. So he is already looking at smaller programs, such as Missouri Valley College in Marshal, Mo., which is an NAIA school.
Asked if he has any favorites, Alvarado said he "would love to play for OU," referring to his favorite college football team, the Oklahoma Sooners. But, he quickly added, "Really to me any DI college I'll play for. Just to be out on the field. Any DI."
First, however, Alvarado is eager to have a healthy senior season. He played wide receiver and cornerback for Haltom's junior varsity as a freshman but has not had the opportunity to compete for a single play the past two falls.
"I've just been lifting weights and getting stronger," Alvarado said of his summer regimen.
A full season on Haltom's varsity — the experience he was supposed to receive the past two years — is just what Alvarado has in mind. He expects to start at wide receiver and cornerback this fall and he could play either position in college.
"If you can play more than one position that's good," he said.
If Alvarado can stay healthy, college recruiters may keep him in mind this winter.