Rising Jersey Linebacker to Visit Rutgers

Timber Creek Regional (Erial, N.J.) linebacker Quinton Alston picked up four offers in a 24-hour period during the week, and is being recruited by Rutgers, and a host of others. Alston talks about his desire to visit Rutgers this spring, and what he is being told by the Scarlet Knights' coaching staff. He also outlines his offseason camp schedule, and gives his thoughts on his spurt of offers.

The offers came in a hurry for Timber Creek Regional (Erial, N.J.) linebacker Quinton Alston. He landed four in 24 hours, and they came from three BCS conferences.

The 6-foot-1 ½ inch, 220-pound Alston said Rutgers is also recruiting him hard, and the Scarlet Knights are stressing the importance of getting Alston on campus for another unofficial visit.

"(Rutgers assistant) coach Robb Smith has invited me up to campus again so they can talk to me more,'' Alston said. "I'm going to go up there this spring. He's enthusiastic about getting me on campus.''

Alston attended Rutgers' junior day in January, and has been on campus several times attending various event and speaks highly of the Scarlet Knights.

A pair of Big East teams already offered Alston. During a furious 24 hours earlier this week, Alston was offered by Pittsburgh and Louisville, as well as Duke and Iowa.

"It's really unbelievable,'' Alston said. "I think it's all exciting. I'm taking all the schools into consideration. It's been really exciting. It's been a rollercoaster type of ride.''

Alston also holds on from Football Championship Subdivision Old Dominion. And while the other offers come from markedly bigger programs, Alston said the one from the Monarchs holds special meaning.

"That first offer was emotional,'' he said. "No man in my family has graduated from college, and only one ever went, but he had to leave after one year because he had to go to war.

"I set high standards for myself, and I just want to make a name for the Alston family on the college football level. I'm out here working, and trying to be better on the field and in the classroom.''

Alston is also being recruited by Connecticut, Maryland, Central Florida, Temple and Syracuse, and he will get more exposure in the spring.

He was invited to camp at Rutgers, Duke, West Virginia and Maryland, is attending the one-day camp at Temple, will go with Timber Creek to the Maryland team camp and also plans on attending a combine or two.

Alston learned first-hand what he will be up against at those events after attending the BadgerSport 7-on-7, presented by New Level Athletics, last week at Rutgers.

"I learned what I have to work on, and I get to see the talent level of the other kids in my class,'' Alston said. "I came out to compete and test myself to get ready for next season.''

And what did Alston discover?

"There's a lot of speed,'' Alston said. "It's not about who is fastest, who is strongest, because everybody has the same strength, the same speed. It's about being in the right place at the right time. You have to focus, and you have to pay attention to detail.''

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