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Nebraska's Mickey Joseph offers Tristan Alvano after his huge kicking performance

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The last 12 hours for Tristan Alvano have included a lot of excitement — and just a little bit of sleep.

The Omaha Westside kicker was the standout performer of Monday night’s Class A championship game as he made five field goals, including the 45-yard game-winner in a victory over Gretna. And after a few hours of sleep, Alvano had another big moment waiting for him in the morning — a scholarship offer from Nebraska.

“I think Coach Joseph really wanted to see me kick in person because that’s a big thing with kickers; film only does so much,” Alvano said. “I had that opportunity last night and I had a good performance for him.”

Earlier this month, Alvano’s first conversation with Joseph involved him being offered a preferred walk-on opportunity with Nebraska, although Joseph told him it could rise to a scholarship offer if he won the starting job. After seeing Alvano’s big-time performance, Joseph’s pitch changed slightly — he still wanted Alvano to come in and compete for the job, but as a scholarship kicker.

“That’s what he told me this morning, and I was blown away,” Alvano said. “He wanted to call me at 5 a.m. and I was still asleep; he wanted to talk me to last night because he didn’t want me to leave the stadium without an offer. But, when I woke up and talked to him it was a great start to the day.”

With the final chapter of his high school career now written, the two-time state champion can turn his attention toward making a college decision. According to Kohl’s Kicking, Alvano is the No. 6 kicker recruit in the nation, and he holds offers from Air Force, Army, North Dakota State and, now, Nebraska.

Alvano has also been in contact with programs like Oklahoma and Arkansas, but he knows the transfer portal and any potential coaching changes could impact his eventual choice. For now, Alvano remains in wait-and-see mode — just with a scholarship offer from the Huskers in his back pocket.

“I’m in no rush to decide or anything; I’m still waiting on some schools to make a decision on me and what they want to do, so I’m just letting the process play out,” Alvano said. “As a kicker, you don’t really get as much attention as some of those other guys all the time, so I’m not used to this. It’s quite a surreal and humbling experience but I’m grateful for it.”

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