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Oklahoma recruiting pipeline: Sooners see something special out of Mesquite Horn tackle Jonathan Alvarez
Jonathan Alvarez, Mesquite Horn
At 6-2 and 300 pounds, Alvarez was too small for major colleges in need of offensive tackles.
Mesquite Horn’s senior lineman received offers from Houston, Louisiana Monroe, New Mexico State and Northwestern State, but major programs weren’t interested.
Alvarez switched to center in 2013 and showed promise both there and at the guard position. That’s when Oklahoma came calling.
“Schools only saw me as a tackle,” Alvarez said. “Over the summer I got some work in at guard, but schools didn’t care to ask. Only certain schools asked if I could play center or guard, and when they saw that, they were interested. I’m happy OU took the time to ask me.”
Alvarez is a stalwart for Horn’s offensive front, anchoring a squad that ranks fourth among area 5A teams in scoring. Horn (6-0) is averaging 46.5 points and hopes to win its first district championship in school history.
Football, Alvarez said, has always come naturally.
“I don’t see how people can make it so complicated,” Alvarez said. “You just let your body do what it’s supposed to do. You do that in football and you’ll be great.”
Alvarez is solid in pass protection, Horn coach Mike Overton said, but his attitude and aggression make him a monster in the running game.
“When he locks on a guy, he just pile drives him to the curb,” Overton said. “He’s so physical.”