"He's a tremendous athlete," Roanoke Rapids head coach Russell Weinstein said. "He has college speed – he runs a 4.5 – and he plays quick… He has a tremendous vertical jump.
"I project, definitely, A.J. as a safety in college."
"Defensively, I'm fast, I can tackle, I can keep people from getting behind me, and when something bad goes wrong on the front line I can help out and stop the play before it breaks for long," Alston said.
Alston has started at both safety and slot receiver for Roanoke Rapids since his sophomore season. He's a two-time all-area and all-conference selection.
As a junior, Alston was second on the team in receiving with 35 receptions for 494 yards and nine touchdowns. He also rushed for 243 yards three touchdowns on 22 carries. Defensively, he registered 50 tackles, six interceptions, three pass breakups, and a forced fumble.
Alston is receiving interest from Duke, East Carolina, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, NC State, and Virginia Tech.
"I think A.J. is on a lot of peoples' radar right now," Weinstein said. "I think if A.J. would go have a good combine season and then go to some camps and perform well at some camps, the offers would start coming in."
Alston plans on attending several camps this summer, but the only definite destination is UNC.
UNC and Virginia Tech are Alston's early favorites.
"I like the football program and how the football team is run [at those schools]," Alston said. "At Carolina, I like the school spirit when it comes to football."
Besides UNC for the football game against Georgia Tech last season, Alston has visited East Carolina.
Alston grew up a Duke fan… Alston starts on the basketball team where he averaged 18 points a game this past season… For Roanoke Rapids' track and field team, Alston runs the 100- and 200-meter dashes and 4x100 and 4x200 relays. His personal best time in the 100 is 11.0.