Alston Orji (© Greg Powers)

Interview with Four-Star Linebacker Alston Orji

Texas Top 100 linebacker Alston Orji has a national offer list and when it comes to the next level he is looking for a well-rounded fit.

Alston Orji, 6-foot-2, 223-pound linebacker from Rockwall (Texas) has an offer list which features a wide array of prominent football powerhouses like ArkansasOklahomaTexasTCUTexas A&MLSUNotre DameMichigan, and UCLA

He walked through the doors at The Opening Dallas on Sunday fresh off of an unofficial visit to Texas. 

"The visit was great," Orji said. "I got a lot of one-on-one time. I think I was the only recruit there, so really I just got to talk to Coach (Todd) Orlando (Texas Defensive Coordinator) the whole time (and) walk around the facilities.

The first thing we got to see was the academic facilities, got talk to the academic advisor and just talk about how they manage their freshmen and then how they keep them on track through their senior year."

"The defense is going to be an aggressive defense," Orji continued. "Just like they had at Houston, apply a lot pressure out of a lot of packages."

When it comes down to it Orji is looking for a well-rounded fit and is going to take a closer look at some programs outside of the region as well. 

"Michigan, UCLA, Notre Dame," Orji answered when asked at what schools he was looking at closely, "a lot of prestigious academic schools and really great football schools. (They have) really rich tradition at all of those schools. I just want to be able to see what they will be able to offer me in person, see the campus, see the academic facilities and everything like that, see what renovations are being made at every school, and just get to know the coaches a lot more."

Alston Orji (© Greg Powers)

The four-star linebacker also has a younger brother -- Anfernee Orji -- who is a Class of 2019 prospect who has already secured an offer from Arkansas and has some of the same major programs are recruiting both brothers. 

"We are different people (and) we like different things and we see different things in schools (and) we play different positions," Orji answered when asked how they evaluate the schools and go through the recruiting process side-by-side.  

But if we do end up going to the same school we are going to talk about that of course, see if we have the same interests at heart and just find out what that would be like."

Orji is not trying to rush his decision and will just be ready when the time comes to commit. 

"No real decision timeline," Orji said. "Just going to figure it out how it goes. Not trying to rush anything, but not trying to postpone anything at the same time."

As a junior, Orji finished with 58 tackles and one fumble recovery.

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