"It's going well," Will Alvarez
said of his senior season. "We're undefeated right now. We haven't had too many hard teams but next week is going to be hard in Woodbridge. Our team looks good now. We've got the leading rusher in the league in Ominiyi Bakare
and Darius Reynolds
is really coming into his own. Our defense is starting to come together too. Right now we're 7-0 with three more regular season games."
Though his team is an impressive 7-0, Alvarez job has been made tougher this season.
"So far it's been good, but I don't feel that I'm as effective as last year because they gameplan for me and know what I can do. They've got a couple guys diving at the ground at me. Right now I feel I'm better than last year as I feel like I know what I'm doing in my 4th year playing football. I've got that experience and leadership. It's just the gameplan taking my dominance away by doing that."
As Alvarez has maintained all along, winning in the regular season isn't enough. A state title is the ultimate goal. "That's definitely a goal for me," he said. "Since I've been at Hylton, that's what the standards were, states. I'd like to have that but there's also other things such as the offers and publicity but when it comes down to it, we want that championship."
The Woodbridge, Virginia native has allowed himself to focus on his Hylton season with recruiting out of the way as well. Alvarez remains firmly committed to the Hokies and has taken a visit to Tech a couple of weeks back for the Georgia Tech game. "The last visit I really went to was the one against Georgia Tech," Alvarez said. "That was fun for me, my first time for a game environment. I got to meet a lot of the guy," said Alvarez who spoke to several coaches, Quillie Odom, and Tyrod Taylor.
Alvarez, who plans to enroll over the summer, says that he's currently undecided whether the plan will be to redshirt him next year. "Coach Newsome and I talked about it when I was there and he said it depends how hard I come in and work and in the weightroom," Alvarez noted. "He said most linemen get redshirted but he doesn't know yet. I'm still raw in my game with just four years playing so we will see how it works out."
In the meantime, Alvarez will continue to work in the classroom to be sure he's fully qualified to be a Hokie next season. "Right now my grades are pretty good," he said. "I'm in an SAT prep course right now for my SATs so I should do well there and be fully qualified for next season."
In mid-July, Hylton (Va.) 4-star offensive lineman Will Alvarez committed to Virginia Tech over offers from many of the nation's elite programs. Since then, Alvarez has continued to show why he is considered one of the top linemen in the country and has led his team to an undefeated record thus far.