Alston Visits UNC, Eyes Decision

Johnathan Alston attended North Carolina's season opening blowout victory on Saturday for what likely will be his final recruiting trip before making his collegiate decision.

"Everything went great," Alston said. "[The visit] helped them. Coach [Gunter] Brewer showed me where I stand on the depth chart. And I got to see the new offense."

Alston, a 6-foot-1, 197-pound wide receiver from Bunn (N.C.), isn't exactly sure when he'll make a verbal commitment, but anticipates a decision within the month.

"I'm real close," Alston said. "I'm still thinking about it though. But I'm not going to rush it."

About a month ago, Alston narrowed his focus to ACC rivals UNC and NC State. He says the two in-state schools are dead even and he isn't sure what will break the tie.

"It's tough, man," Alston said. "All the coaches are good. Coach Brewer at Carolina and Coach [Troy] Walters at State – they are both great coaches. I like both head coaches, also."

Furthermore, Alston said there isn't one particular coach he feels most comfortable with.

Alston has visited NC State four times, with his most recent occurring two weeks ago, while Saturday's visit to UNC was his third. He doesn't anticipate taking any further visits until he decides. But if things remained deadlocked, he could foresee additional trips being necessary.

Alston made the trek to Chapel Hill Saturday with Chris Miller, Bunn's head coach, as well as an assistant coach. When UNC wasn't on the field, Brewer, the Tar Heels' wide receivers coach, usually shadowed Alston. The two spent time in Brewer's office, as well as the players' lounge.

"[Brewer] showed me film and he gave me a goals sheet – stuff I can work on," Alston said.

Brewer also broke down UNC's wide receiver depth chart, which was a highlight of Alston's stay.

"They have walk-ons on their depth chart," Alston said. "If I come to Carolina, I'll have a chance to play. That's big. I'll enjoy that.

"But if I get red-shirted I wouldn't get mad. It would give me a chance to get bigger and get used to the system."

Before UNC kicked off, Alston briefly met with Larry Fedora.

"We didn't talk about much, because he was getting ready," Alston said.

Having missed UNC's spring game, Saturday's opener provided Alston his first look at the Tar Heels' no-huddle, one-back spread offense.

"I like how versatile it is," Alston said. "I like how they throw the ball down field and it has a quarterback that can get it to the wide receivers. That's huge, because I got to have a quarterback that can get me the ball."

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