Make It The Phoebus Trio

Shawne Alston may have set a record for shortest time between receiving a football scholarship offer and accepting it.

"I had gotten word last week that an offer might be coming, and West Virginia called my coach today and made the offer," said Alston, a combination running back with both power and speed. "I called my mom and told her about it, and then I committed.

"When [Phoebus quarterback] Tajh [Boyd] was getting ready to go up to West Virginia for the spring game, he told me the coaches said for me to come along and bring my tape. I liked it a lot, but the coaches weren't ready to offer me a scholarship yet. I was prepared to wait until the end of the season to commit, because I was hoping to get an offer from West Virginia. But they offered me a scholarship today, and I committed."

Like many recruits who see WVU's facilities, Alston was impressed with what he saw. The enthusiasm generated by the 20,000+ fans in attendance didn't hurt either. Add in the support from Boyd and Phoebus defensive lineman Dominik Davenport, and Alston's quick decision wasn't a surprise.

"Baby D and I hang all the time," Alston said. "After he committed, he kept telling me to wait, that I'd get an offer, and that I should come to WVU. It worked out, and now all of us will be there.

"It wasn't like we planned this or anything," Alston said of the trio of Phoebus players headed for West Virginia. "We didn't talk about it or anything like that. It just sort of happened that way."

Another factor in Alston's commitment was the availability of his preferred major.

"I want to major in criminal justice," he noted. "I might go to law school or do something else in law enforcement."

Alston is a back with both power and speed, which could fill a big hole in West Virginia's attack. He has the ability to make one cut and get into a hole quickly, but he also is a load to bring down. He gets the ball in short yardage and goal line situations, and usually responds by picking up the needed yardage. As a junior, he rushed for 1,694 yards and 27 scores, and figures to match those numbers in his senior season. Teamed with Boyd at the quarterback spot, Phoebus will again be a power team in the Virginia state playoffs.

"Everyone is happy here, because we spread the ball around a lot," he said. "With Tajh throwing it and guys to catch it, we are going to score a lot of points. We lost a couple of receivers and a fullback, but we have eight starters back on defense, so I think we are still going to be very good."

Alston who concentrates on "football and weightlifting" as his only sports, was back into conditioning and lifting drills today for Phoebus. He currently checks in at an even six feet and 222 pounds, and most recently recorded a 4.59 40-yard dash. He could see some spot duty at linebacker this year, but will see most of his action in the offensive backfield.

Alston had offers from Penn State, Maryland, East Carolina and Illinois, but will not entertain offers or recruiting visits at other schools. "That's it," was his simple declaration concerning the recruiting process. He does expect to make it back to West Virginia for camps later this month.

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