Georgia Tech added their 14th commit in the 2017 class on Wednesday. Westminster defensive end Cortez Alston gave Tech his commit after recently taking his official visit there. He made his decision from a final list of three schools.
Alston led Westminster to the state playoffs before losing to Peach County in the quarter-finals. “All in all it was a great season.”
The commit to Tech came after Alston had narrowed his list to Cal, Penn, and Georgia Tech. “It was a decision that was real easy even though it took me some time to get there.” Alston felt that Tech offered the best of Power 5 football and academics of all schools, not just the three he had in his final list. “It is very close to home and my family can easily see me play while I’m at Georgia Tech. I also felt more at home when I am on the Georgia tech campus than I did anywhere else. The decision made more sense after I put everything together and looked at the big picture."
The call to give Tech his commit went to Coach Lamar Owens. "He was super excited. He loves landing players from Georgia and especially ones from the Atlanta area.” The two talked about Cortez’s reason for committing. “He said he couldn't wait to tell the other coaches especially the defensive coaches.”
The Georgia Tech coaches are looking for Cortez to play the strong side defensive end. “Coach (Ted) Roof, Coach (Mike) Pelton, and Coach (Paul) Johnson all say I have a bright future there.”
Alston’s parents are as excited as he is. "They knew I was looking at Cal and Penn and they know they are excellent academic schools but in the end I know they are happy I chose Tech because of the closeness to our home."
Following his commit, Cortez heard from fellow commit Tre Swilling and several others through the chat they have set up. “All of us are very excited about this class. We now have our sights set on other recruits.”
Cortez is glad to have his recruitment behind him. “It feels good to know I am going to a great school like
Georgia Tech.” It wasn’t difficult to tell the other schools that he was committing to Tech. “I’m so confident in my choice that it really made it easier than I thought it would be.”
Westminster has four players signing in the 2017 class. Cortez and his teammates will have a ceremony at the school on signing day.