HOOVER, Ala. -- After winning three consecutive state championships, Park Ridge (Ill.) Maine South High School, led by ESPN 300 quarterback Matt Alviti, came up short last year, losing in the second round of the playoffs.
This year, the team is looking to get back on top, and it starts with the National Select 7-on-7 tournament in Hoover, Ala., this weekend where the Chicago-based team has already faced some of the top teams in the Southeast.
“The competition is great,” Alviti said. “You’re not going to get much better than that. We’ve been in every game we’ve played. We’re just as good as any team here, I believe, and we can play with the best of them.”
Although Alviti had scholarship offers from the majority of the Big Ten as well as Notre Dame, he knew where he wanted to go early on and made it official by committing to Northwestern in April.
“I chose Northwestern because I thought it was the best fit for me academically,” Alviti said. “It doesn’t get much better than that. The offensive system fits me perfectly. We run the same exact system as they run at Northwestern.”
The Illinois native also has developed a strong relationship with Pat Fitzgerald and the rest of his coaching staff. Alviti believes the program is on the verge of doing great things.
“It’s on the rise, and Coach Fitz is a great coach, a young coach who’s going to be there forever,” Alviti said. “He signed a long-term contract, and they’re recruiting good guys, the right guys. Every year, they’re getting better and better in the Big Ten.”
With his commitment out of the way, Alviti has been able to spend time with his friends this summer and get ready for his senior year at Maine South.
“Right away when I committed, there were a couple schools that called, but I told them no,” he said. “I’m fully going to Northwestern, and it’s a lock I’m going there.”