Restarting The Process

Norcross High School defensive end Demetrius Alston has strong interest in West Virginia. With a teammate already committed to the Mountaineer program, what is the latest for this Blue Devil standout?

Demetrius Alston planned to be at West Virginia's game against UNLV on Oct. 9, but a more pressing issue interfered.

"I had to take the SAT, and I couldn't get that changed," Alston told "I have to get my visit to West Virginia rescheduled. I will call them soon to do that."

Also to be set are trips to Michigan State and Cincinnati. Those two schools, along with WVU, make up Alston's final three.

With teammate Ben Bradley already in the Mountaineer fold, some observers believe West Virginia has the inside track, but Alston said that he still plans to take official visits to all three of his finalists before committing. He also noted that Bradley hasn't been putting a headlock on him in terms of the recruiting process..

"He's told me about what he saw there, and we've talked about how it would be good to play together in college, but he knows it has to be my decision. He's not putting big pressure on me or anything like that."

Having a teammate to attend college with would be a plus, but for Alston it's not a priority. He lists the campus, the fans, the coaching staff and the overall environment as the factors that will weight most heavily in his college decision.

Alston, who has played both linebacker and defensive end for Norcross during his career, has been outstanding so far during his senior season. Using natural gifts of quickness and speed, he has been difficult for opponents to contain off the edge.

"Speed pass rushing is one of my strengths, but I'm good at stopping the zone read and the toss sweeps," Alston said.

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