Alston Camping at UCLA

The Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure four-star receiver, Lavan Alston, will be at the Bruin Elite Camp next week...

Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure athlete Lavan Alston (6-0, 175), is up to 11 offers but he's hoping to add to that total in the next two weeks.

The four-star will camp at the two Southland schools next week and hopes his performance at the USC Rising Stars Camp and the Bruin Elite Camp will give him more options.

Alston's offers are from Oregon State, California, Fresno State, Utah, Arizona, Arizona State, Boston College, Vanderbilt, Penn State, Washington and Washington State.

And the two Los Angeles schools have picked up their interest.

"I actually talked to UCLA (Wednesday) about going to their camp and they're very excited about me and I'm one of their top guys expected and if I do well, they could offer me," said Alston. "I'm going to the Bruin Elite Camp on the 25th."

Alston said he's spoken with a couple of coaches at UCLA.

"I've talked mostly with Coach (Taylor) Mazzone but I've started talking more with Coach (Eric) Yarber and he's a really cool guy," said Alston. "I haven't really had a tour of the UCLA campus so I'll probably look to do that when I go."

Across town, Alston has plenty of familiarity with the USC program, with his best friend, Bryce Dixon, signing with the Trojans in February and his current quarterback, Ricky Town, committed to USC.

"I'm going to the Rising Stars Camp next week," said Alston. "I'm constantly in contact with those guys and that camp is basically the finishing touch on getting an offer from them. I'm pretty familiar with all of the USC staff."

Alston said a number of coaches from USC have been recruiting him.

"I talk mostly with Coach (Tee) Martin, Coach (Clay) Helton and Coach Tui (Marques Tuiasosopo)," said Alston. "I went with Ricky to some of USC's practices and their Spring Game."

But even with the proximity to home and the familiarity with the two programs, Alston said that the schools have to meet his expectations.

"I still have to make sure the school is the right fit for me," said Alston. "Just because it's right for some doesn't mean it's right for me. So I want to make sure they're the right fits."

In the meantime, Alston is getting plenty of attention from Arizona, Arizona State, Cal and Oregon State.

"I'd say that those schools are recruiting me the hardest right now," said Alston. "Oregon State was my first offer and they find me very similar to Markus Wheaton and Brandin Cooks and they're selling me on building the legacy and that Oregon State is the perfect fit for me."

Alston has camped with Arizona State and Oregon State already this month.

He's planning to visit Arizona and Arizona State this summer.

A top track athlete, Alston said he's open to doing track in college but it's not a requirement.

"I'm a football player first and track is just preparation for football," said Alston. "If the coaching staff at whatever school I go to thinks I need to run track, then I'll run track. If they want me to just play football that is cool too."

Alston said he's planning to take a couple of official visits if not all of them.

"I will take some visits and maybe all five of them," said Alston. "I'm going to commit when I'm done taking my visits. Those would be the schools I'm most interested in and I'll probably decide between them."


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