Alston recaps Oregon/OSU visits

Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure wide receiver Lavan Alston breaks down his trips to Oregon and Oregon State, as well as where he's planning on going next.

St. Bonaventure wide receiver Lavan Alston took a trip up north to the state of Oregon last week to visit both Oregon and Oregon State.

Alston started in Eugene last Thursday with the Ducks. Impressed with what he saw from the updated facilities, the three-star prospect felt a warm reception from the coaching staff as well.

"They treated me well with much love," Alston said. "I talked to [wide receivers] coach Matt Lubick for awhile. He was just telling me that he really enjoyed the type of football player that I am when it comes to my speed and route running. He feels I could play in the backfield or as a slot or even a wide out. I have a lot of options when it comes to the Oregon Ducks offense. I enjoyed hearing that."

Alston doesn't hold an offer from Oregon, but hopes that will change in the coming weeks.

"[Lubick] said they're a little bit slow in offering kids, but I'm one of his top guys and the type of receiver that they're looking for," Alston said. "He's going to come out to Cali and visit us, and he's going to come to a spring practice and evaluate me some more. So hopefully when he comes down here I'll come out with an offer."

On Friday, Alston travelled north to Corvallis and felt a similar reception from Oregon State. Alston particularly enjoyed talking with head coach Mike Riley, offensive coordinator John Garrett and wide receivers coach Brent Brennan. Both Riley and Garrett have NFL coaching experience and the junior tried to soak up as much knowledge as he could.

"All three of those guys are very knowledgeable," Alston said. "I felt like I learned a lot from them just from being there two days. I really enjoyed Oregon State."

Ironically, Oregon and Oregon State faced off in a Civil War baseball series over the weekend in Corvallis, allowing Alston to take in the rivalry between the two programs.

"It was a great atmosphere with the Oregon fans and the Oregon State fans and the rivalry between them," he said. "It was fun to experience that."

The Beavers were Alston's first offer and the staff let him know they have no plans of letting up on his recruitment, even comparing him to their best player last season.

"They said what they liked about me was my speed, my hands, and my route running," he said. "They feel I'm very similar to Brandin Cooks in regards to being able to play outside, playing the slot and also maybe being thrown back there in the backfield."

Although Alston hasn't yet begun to rank his favorite schools, both trips had a significant impact on him.

"They made a really good impression," Alston said. "I feel like when I do make a top list, Oregon and Oregon State will be right up there."

Alston is also hoping that USC, who have landed commitments from teammates Bryce Dixon and Ricky Town already, will offer him in the coming weeks as well. They'll be one of the few Pac-12 programs he has an eye on visiting next.

"In the next few weeks I'll go there," Alston said of USC. "I'm hoping to visit UCLA and also, I'm looking to go to Arizona to visit ASU and Arizona."

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