Chad Simmons

Alston narrows it to three

Cortez Alston, a 6-foot-4, 250-pound defensive lineman from the Westminster Schools in Atlanta, Ga., spoke with following the Wildcats’ second round playoff victory over Savannah High School. Alston recorded the first interception of his career in the game along with a tackle for loss. After game, Alston declared that he had narrowed down his college choices to three schools.

Earlier this week, Alston was named Region 5-AAA’s first team at the defensive line position (his second consecutive first team selection). Alston was also recognized on the preseason All-State team for Class 3A. The senior has 136 tackles, 34.0 tackles for loss, 10 sacks and five forced fumbles in his high school career. Alston’s #3 Wildcats will host the #2 Peach County Trojans in a quarterfinal matchup this coming Friday.

Alston is focusing on having a strong finish to his senior season. He has taken the time to name a top three of Cal-Berkley, Georgia Tech, and Penn. “I’ve already reached out to all of those schools and everyone knows. I’m making my decision at the end of the year.”

Cortez gave us his thoughts on each of the three finalists.

Penn – Education attracted Cortez to Penn. “It’s such an impressive degree that you can’t really pass up. I had the opportunity and I have to consider it.”

Cal-Berkley - “I just love California honestly. They have great football and a great academics as well.” Cortez has spoken to former teammate and current Cal player Russell Ude. “He likes it a lot. He’s loving it up there.”

Georgia Tech - “I grew up being a Georgia Tech fan. So given the opportunity to play there, I couldn’t pass it up either. I’m not really sure because back when I was younger I was an offensive player, so I think it was Calvin Johnson that attracted me to Tech, but I’m not really positive.”

The defensive programs at each of the schools will be one of the things Cortez will be looking at in selecting a school. “I want to be around a group of guys who have a passion for defense, guys that want to get after the ball and win games.”

Before making his college choice, Cortez plans to visit all three schools. “After the season, I’m going to Penn and Berkeley and then I’ll take a visit to Tech with my family.” Top Stories