Alston Works With Brewer

Most recruits participate in college camps with the goal of earning a scholarship offer. With a North Carolina offer already in his possession, Johnathan Alston camped at UNC on Saturday to work under the tutelage of Gunter Brewer.

The Tar Heel wide receivers coach has coached three Biletnikoff Award finalists in his career.

"I just want to get better," Alston said. "Working with Coach Brewer is only going to help me get better. He gave me a lot of tips that I can use, like my steps on the slant [route]."

The camp was Alston's first visit to UNC since the 6-foot-1, 197-pound wide receiver from Bunn (N.C.) attended a basketball game in early February.

"They made me feel like I was at home," Alston said. "It was all cool. Everybody was talking to me. I feel like I've known them for a long time."

Following his participation in the final session of UNC's two-day camp, Alston and his mother were given a campus tour that included the Loudermilk Center for Excellence, dorms, and football facilities.

"I liked when we went into the weight room and I saw this technology that helps build up your hand-eye coordination," Alston said. "I really don't know what it was, but I thought it was really neat."

Alston's scholarship offer list includes Arkansas, Georgia, UNC, NC State, Notre Dame, South Carolina, Syracuse, and Tennessee. However, three of those schools have emerged as favorites – UNC, NC State, and Notre Dame – primarily because they are recruiting him as a wide receiver, whereas other schools project him at linebacker or safety.

In addition to his two visits to UNC, Alston has made a couple trips to NC State with his most recent occurring last week. He has yet to visit Notre Dame.

Alston doesn't anticipate making a verbal commitment until at least taking some of his official visits. He likely will wait until after the football season to take official visits.

"I don't want to rush into anything," Alston said. "I just want to wait out to see what other options I have."

Among his top three schools, Alston said he doesn't have a leader.

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