Omaha Westside’s breakout State Championship-winning kicker is staying in Nebraska.
Tristan Alvano announced Friday morning on that he’s committed to Nebraska. His decision came less than a week after his official visit.
He kept his decision short in a live stream, simply thanking people for watching and unzipping his jacket to show a Nebraska Huskers shirt underneath.
Alvano, a consistent kicker for the new Class A State Champions, garnered attention when he nailed a 60-yard kick in practice during the season. His profile only grew with the exciting state championship game, when Alvano connected on a state record 5-for-5 performance, including the 45-yard winning field goal as time expired. The Nebraska coaching staff offered him a scholarship within hours. He’s gained scholarship offers from Army, Air Force, North Dakota State and Boston College in addition to Nebraska. He’s gained attention from Alabama, Iowa, Oklahoma and Minnesota, among others, but without scholarships.
“His life has changed a little bit from that state championship night,” Westside head coach Paul Limongi recently told Hail Varsity. “The impact that social media had and people seeing his stats and that game-winning kick really changed for the better for him.”
Alvano was 16 of 20 during his senior season. He made all three kicks of 50 yards or more, including a career long of 57 yards (a school record). He was a perfect 70-for-70 on extra points with an 81% touchback rate on kickoffs. Alvano finished his Westside career 27-of-35 from across the field. He was also 119 of 122 on extra points in his career for a total of 200 points scored. His kickoffs averaged 55.9 yards.
He holds Class A state records for single-season points scored by a kicker (118), field goals in a career (27), field goals in a season (16) and tied the record for field goals in a State Championship game (five).
“He had a phenomenal year before the State Championship game,” Limongi said. “The best is yet to come for him.”
The high school senior previously told Hail Varsity he wasn’t in a hurry to pick a school. He liked the new coaching staff’s excitement and decided he wanted to commit ahead of the early signing period. Nebraska coaches hosted Alvano for his official visit last weekend, which energized the Westside senior.
He’s either an unranked or 3-star prospect according to various recruiting sites. Alvano is a 5-star kicking prospect by Kohl’s Professional Kicking Camps, ranked No. 6 in the nation. MaxPreps.com listed him as a second-team All-American.
Two kickers from Nebraska’s 2022 season declared for the transfer portal. Kicker Timmy Bleekrode, who handled field goals during the season, promptly announced his intentions to return to Nebraska the day after the Huskers defeated Iowa.
— Tristan Alvano (@AlvanoTristan) December 16, 2022
Alvano is the 15th member of Nebraska’s 2023 recruiting class, as of his announcement. That doesn’t include transfer portal movements. He’s the fifth in-state product so far in that class along with Sam Sledge (Creighton Prep), Maverick Noonan (Elkhorn South), Gunnar Gottula (Lincoln Southeast) and Brock Knutson (Scottsbluff).
Nebraska ranks No. 60 in the composite national recruiting rankings after Alvano’s announcement.