“We hung out with some of the players, some of the staff, and we ate and it was very good. It was nice. His family was really nice – his wife and his kids were cool,” said Alston. “He has a nice house, so it was a very fun, family environment, so I appreciate that a lot on coach Dykes’s part.”
Having so many of the outside receivers hailing from Southern California -- Kenny Lawler, Darius Powe, Chris Harper, Erik Brown, Jack Austin, Matthew Rockett and Bryce Treggs -- contributes to the feeling of family.
“It makes it a little easier, because you always wonder if this school is the right fit for you, or can you see yourself there for five years or four years, on your own,” said the 6-foot, 175-pound Alston. “That family environment feeling is well-needed for any transition to college, so I enjoyed that a lot.”
Alston also enjoyed spending time with the 5-foot-11, 185-pound Treggs, who was his player host and caught four balls for 41 yards.
“He was cool. He’s very similar to me – same height, we’re both receivers, both played in high school in California, so we could relate a lot to each other,” Alston said. “He’s a cool guy, so we clicked. He was able to give me answers to all of my questions that I asked him.”
This official visit was Alston’s second to Berkeley, and it held few surprises.
“Nothing really stuck out to me, because I already knew everything that Cal’s been telling me, like the academic side and the football side,” he said. “Nothing stuck out to me, because I already knew, going to the school, what they have to provide for me.”
Watching Saturday’s game against UCLA was a high point, as he saw quarterback Jared Goff complete 25 of 41 passes to six different wide receivers. Seeing backup Luke Rubenzer throw a touchdown pass was enlightening, as well.
“It was a fun game to watch, and Cal should have won, but threw a pick. We didn’t come out with a win, but it was very good, and they’re rebuilding, so they’re getting better and better. That’s fun to know,” Alston said. “Goff is good. He’s getting better and better each game, so I enjoy watching him throw the ball to their talented receivers and giving them a chance to make a play. That’s one thing I like about Cal. He still has two more years, so if I do decide to go to Cal, I have him for two more years, and they have another quarterback who’s pretty good, who I think had the best completion percentage in high school, when he was in high school, so that’s good to know, as well. I’m excited.”
Alston doesn’t have a decision date in mind, and with 11 offers, he has a lot of information to sift through. The Bears staff wants him to take his time.
“They’re not pressuring me to make a decision,” Alston said. “They want to make sure I make the right decision, and we’ll just go from there. I want to take all my officials, at least four of them, to the four schools that I like. I wanted to make a decision before the season started, but I changed my mind and wanted to take my officials and all that, so after I make my officials, I’ll make my decision.”