He says the Bearcats and Mountaineers lead solidly over Mississippi State and Georgia, which are still in the mix. All have offered except Georgia, as well as Middle Tennessee, UCF and Eastern Michigan.
"It's a tie," Alston said. "Those two are both pretty similar."
Alston, ranked as the No. 84 defensive end in the country by Scout.com, will be taking his first official visit to Cincinnati on Dec. 11. "I think I could go there and play early," Alston said. "I think I'd be on the field early and could help out.
"They really need pass rushers and say they want a guy like me," he said. "They like how I go after the ball."
He says the Bearcats and Mountaineers are recruiting him the hardest.
"I think I could probably play early at West Virginia too," he said.
"The people there are great," he said about the Mountaineers. "They talk to me on Facebook a lot and I get a lot of support from all the coaches. They would always wish me luck before my games and stuff like that."
The first school to offer Alston was Mississippi State during his junior year. "I like the fact that they are coming up," he said. "Their defense is really good and I like how they play. They really hung with a lot of great teams this year. I could definitely see myself there."
Another school that could play a factor in Alston's recruiting is Georgia. The Bulldogs haven't offered, but are recruiting him. "They're definitely interested," he said. "They're still looking at me and were at my school recently and got some film.
"There's still a possibility they'll offer," he said. "And if they did they'd probably be number one."
Alston says he doesn't have a timeframe for making a decision.
"The things I'm looking for are good coaches and good people," he said. "I want to be in a three-man front and be in a defense where I'm moving around and pass rushing a lot. I like the 3-3-5 a lot.
"I also want to be around good people and have a lot of fan support," he said. "I play better in front of big crowds. I want to go where they support the players and like football."
Alston finished his senior season with 102 tackles, 11 sacks and one interception (for a touchdown). Norcross went 9-3.
"I'm quick and have great speed," he said. "I use my hands a lot and can get off blocks. I just want to get to the ball…that's my focus."
He says he can bench 265-pounds, squat 385 and has a 33-inch vertical jump.
"I want to get bigger and improve my pass rush even more," he said.
Alston reports a 2.5 core GPA and is retook the SAT on Dec 4. "I don't remember my score," he said.