Brewer Visits Alston

North Carolina assistant coach Gunter Brewer ventured out of his assigned recruiting territories on Wednesday to watch Johnathan Alston participate in seven-on-seven activities with his Bunn (N.C.) teammates.

"He watched me run my routes and stuff," Alston said.

Per NCAA rules, Brewer is prohibited from speaking to Alston, a 6-foot-1, 197-pound athlete, during an evaluation visit. Instead, the two communicated through Twitter later that day.

"He gave me a tip on my stance," Alston said. "He told me if I stood a different way it would help with my balance coming off the ball."

The two communicate fairly frequently through Twitter.

"Lately, he's been telling me that he's going to get around to see me and then he came out and saw me [on Wednesday]," Alston said. "He tells me to keep in touch and call him every now and then."

Two additional schools recently offered Alston – Georgia and Syracuse – bringing his total to nine.

In spite of the new offers, Alston's top three schools remain the same – UNC, NC State, and Notre Dame. The primary reason that that trio has sustained their stance is their willingness to allow Alston to play his preferred position of wide receiver. Most other schools are recruiting him as a linebacker.

"It's very important to me to be able to play wide receiver," Alston said. "It would be big to play it for a D1 school."

Alston has excelled on offense and defense for Bunn, recording 27 receptions for 523 yards and seven touchdowns and racking up 67 tackles, including 12 for a loss and six sacks.

Alston doesn't have clear cut leader and thus is nowhere close to making a verbal commitment.

"I'm still waiting it out," Alston said. "I'm not rushing it. I want to get to each school and meet more people."

Of his top three schools, Alston has visited UNC and NC State. He's in the process of setting up a summer trip to Notre Dame, as well as return visits to UNC and NC State. He also figures to take some of his allotted official visits during the fall.

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