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OU football recruiting: Sooners coaches saw something in OL Jonathan Alvarez others missed

BY RYAN ABER, Staff Writer, Modified: February 3, 2014 at 2:47 pm •  Published: February 3, 2014

“He's extremely smart,” Overton said. “He plays center for us and centers have to call out all the defenses and direct blocking schemes and pass protection up front.

“He's like Peyton Manning of the offensive line. The kid's sharp, extremely smart, well thought of among his teammates and he's a heck of a football player.”

Alvarez made a habit of laying pancake blocks on defensive linemen this season but Overton's favorite came on a play that drew a flag for Alvarez.

Horn ran a zone-read play that called for a run block from Alvarez but wound up being a pass.

“He's locking on this guy and he's driving him down the field,” Overton said. “He's nine yards down the field just killing this guy and then turns him over upside down. The official didn't see it until the end so he threw the flag. It made me furious, but that was him. I said, I don't care, keep doing it. That's what we want you to do.”