Student-Athlete Spotlight

Student-Athlete Spotlight: Walden Grove Kicker/Punter Extraordinaire Adrian Alvarado is running a series of brief stories about Southern Arizona high school senior student-athletes entering this school year. The series, first-person accounts from the student-athletes, continues with a profile on Walden Grove punter and placekicker Adrian Alvarado.

Adrian Alvarado

School: Walden Grove:

Scholarship offers: Clarke, Concordia (Minn.), Culver-Stockton, Millikin, Otterbein, Saint John’s (Minn.), Simpson and Trine.

Honors/Background: All-Southern Arizona Second-Team selection last year as a kickoff returner.  He is rated No. 64 in the nation in punting and No. 71 in placekicking by Kohl’s Professional Kicking Camp. He is the No. 2-rated kicking specialist in Arizona in kicking and punting in the Class of 2021.

Adrian Alvarado (Andy Morales/

In the beginning, I did not know a lot about football, and my freshman year I was on and off about whether I would play the sport.

I chose not to, but in my sophomore year, some of my friends told me that I should try out. I thought about it for a couple days and I chose to try out and do the best I can.

In the beginning of my sophomore season, I didn’t know a lot about kicking, so I am blessed to say I had the best coaches and teammates to coach me and help me get better in my junior year. I had a good junior year, so at the end of the season, I decided I wanted to continue kicking beyond high school and take it really serious.

Now, I am beginning my senior season, and I’ve been working the hardest I’ve ever done to hopefully play at the college level. I am ranked in the Top 100 in the nation in kicking and punting and No. 2 in Arizona. I have scholarship offers from eight colleges. I am hoping to get bigger offers and stay closer to home, but for now, I am going to keep working and getting better for my senior season.

Adrian Alvarado

My greatest hope for the 2020-2021 year is to win state with my team and do the best I can for my team. I also want to hopefully get more offers , and represent my school the best way I can.

What I like most about my team is how much the coaches trust us and how much they believe in us. I would not be where I am if it wasn’t for the coaches who push us everyday to be the best students-athletes we can be. We have a great team with a lot of great athletes and I feel we are the best team in Arizona. It is going to be hard for any team to stop us.

My future goals are to further my education and play college football. I will do anything I can for it to happen, but wherever I go, I will always be a Red Wolf.

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