2013 Target: Jonathan Alston

BUNN, N.C. --- North Carolina became the first school to offer Jonathan Alston, a 6-foot-3, 180-pound wide receiver from Bunn High School.

Scouting Report

"His game speed is going to be a lot faster than his ‘40'," Bunn head coach Chris Miller said. "His 40 time is high 4.4s right now. But with his size and the way he uses his hands, he can easily use his hands on a stop route. He runs solid inside slants. We throw a lot of back corner fades to him, because he could just out-jump the guys he was going against.

"What doesn't show up on his highlight tape is the fact that he's a fantastic downfield blocker. Of all the runs that were broken to his side, he had a key block and he would make multiple key blocks on one run. That's a testament to how humble he is and it's not about his stats."

Prep Career

During his freshman year, Alston was promoted to varsity to play defensive end. On the junior varsity squad, he was a quarterback and didn't actually begin playing wide receiver until his junior season.

"He was so athletic and we needed help at defensive end, so we brought him up for that," Miller said. "I had a quarterback [for the 2011 season], and I felt [Alston] was a prototypical wide receiver as far as his height and speed."

In Bunn's spread offense, Alston caught 25 passes for 523 yards and seven touchdowns and rushed for 63 yards and three scores on seven carries. Defensively, he accumulated 67 tackles, including 12 for a loss and six sacks.

Recruitment

On Signing Day, North Carolina became the first school to offer Alston.

"I couldn't believe it," Alston said. "I was like, ‘Wow, this is really happening.' It happened fast. I never had anything like this happen to me before."

The offer was extended during a phone conversation with both Larry Fedora and Randy Jordan, who recruits the area for UNC.

"They told me how they like my highlight tape and how they're very impressed with me," Alston said. "They said they really want me to come down there."

"Under Coach Fedora, they aren't scared at all [to be the first to offer]," Miller said. "He made no bones about the fact that he wants to keep all the best athletes in North Carolina in the state of North Carolina… To use the term he used, he wants to put barbed wire around the state and not let anybody out.

"For me, that's really important, because I'm a state of North Carolina guy. I think North Carolina right now is ranked fourth in the nation in producing D1 prospects. I want our local teams to be in the national spotlight and compete for national championships."

Alston will make his first recruiting trip ever on Wednesday when he attends the UNC-Duke basketball game in Chapel Hill.

"I'm excited about that," Alston said.

UNC may be the only school to have offered Alston, but Notre Dame is reviewing his transcripts and is likely to offer before the end of the week. NC State and South Carolina have also showed interest.

Alston isn't in a rush to make a verbal commitment.

"I'm just going to see how things go right now," Alston said. "But [UNC] is one of my top schools. I like their sports, but I don't really know that much about them otherwise.

"But I'm going to stay humble and keep my options open."

Extra Notes

Alston grew up a Tar Heel fan… In addition to football, Alston starts on Bunn's basketball team at forward, where he averages approximately nine rebounds a game.


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