MESQUITE, Texas — Jonathan Alvarez woke up early, signed his National Letter of Intent and faxed it to Oklahoma just after 7 a.m. Wednesday.
When Oklahoma's official Twitter account announced Alvarez as an official signee, his mother broke down in tears.
“It's just an amazing day,” said Maria Masie-Alvarez. “It's a blessing. We thank God every day for this because we never thought he would be able to go to such a great football program.
“We're so grateful that the coaches came and saw the great potential that Jonathan has.”
Alvarez, a two-star prospect according to Rivals.com, flew under the radar throughout the recruiting process, but Sooners offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh saw something in the 6-foot-3, 300-pound lineman.
Around 30 members of his family — decked out in Sooner gear — gathered in the Horn High School auditorium to watch Alvarez participate in a signing ceremony with 11 classmates about an hour after he faxed his official letter of intent.
“His mother was so ecstatic,” said Horn coach Mike Overton. “She said she hadn't slept in two days waiting for this day. He can't wait to get up there this summer and get started.”
Asked if he was surprised Alvarez wasn't more heavily recruited, Overton said, “Absolutely. I told Coach Stoops that. I said, ‘You guys got a goldmine. A lot of people missed out on him.'
“He's gonna be a great football player.”