High School: St. Bonaventure high school (CA)
Year: True freshman
Played wide receiver in high school … graduates from St. Bonaventure HS in May … Semper Fi All-American … No. 47 receiver in the country according to Scout.com … helped the Seraphs make back-to-back trips to the California state playoffs in 2013 and 2014 … as a junior, recorded 31 receptions for 601 yards … was a standout on the track, being named 2012 Ventura County's Male Track Athlete of the Year after winning the 100 and 200 meters, and being part of the winning 4x100 team at the County Championships … played football for John Muller at St. Bonaventure.
If one thing has been evident at the wide receiver position over the years at Nebraska, you have to have guys ready to play. De’Mornay Pierson-El, Jordan Westerkamp, and Brandon Reilly might look like the first guys they would send out now, but there will be others.
Glenn Iron’s departure might open the door for Alston, if it wasn’t already open.
BRR projection: When taking a look at the offense Riley and Danny Langsdorf ran at Oregon State, it’s clear the receiver position will change somewhat going forward in Lincoln. The Huskers haven’t had many high school All-America targets for their quarterbacks over the years, which means that Alston is about as talented as any wide receiver freshman that has hit campus in a while. If he was an early enrollee, we would say there is no doubt he that he would contribute in major ways in 2015. He won’t get as many practices to lock down the playbook and impress the coaching staff, but still should factor in the two-deep next year. The staff will love his ability to get off the line of scrimmage and get to the second level quickly.
How he ended up in Lincoln:
Alston visited California, Oregon State and Washington State and had numerous other offers, including Arizona, Arizona State, Penn State, Utah and Washington. But, in the end he was committed to Coach Riley at Oregon State before Riley took the job at Nebraska, meaning he would be following Riley if he got a job elsewhere.
"I think that the visit was everything that I hoped that it would be and more,” said Alston at the time of his commitment. “The academics along with the new coaching staff and the attitude of the players have them pointed at winning championships … They like me because I can play inside and I can play outside. They like my explosiveness. They told me that they are going to find ways to get me the ball in space … I'm excited to build a strong legacy here at Nebraska. They were going to be a great program with or without me, and I'm just excited that I can be a part of the process."