Alston Could Leave This Spring

2017 Grossmont OT James Alston (6-8, 308) is a prospect starting to see things pick up on the recruiting front now that schools are finding out he'll be eligible to leave in May...

"My only offer right now is from Purdue right now," Alston told recently. "I have been talking a lot with Southern Mississippi and I am visiting there on January 27th, that one is locked in, but I have also been talking a lot with BYUArizona StateTexas-San AntonioLouisiana-Lafayette and Southern Utah and all of them have been saying they want me to visit too, so I have to sort that stuff out.

"I definitely want to set up a visit with Purdue and I will work out my other visits here pretty soon.

"Pretty much all of the schools that haven't offered yet have gotten my transcripts and they are evaluating them to see if they all transfer and stuff like that, so I think a lot more offers will start to come in once they can figure all of that out."

As a redshirt freshman this season for the Griffs, Alston held down the right tackle spot and he handled his business like a pro.

"For a guy my size, I have really quick feet and I move them really well," Alston noted when asked to describe his game. "My first three kicks (kick steps) are explosive and then I have long arms, so that helps me keep guys out of the backfield and it gives my quarterback time to throw the ball down the field."

Alston's journey is an interesting one.

After completing a solid prep career in Hackinsack, New Jersey, Alston signed with Virginia Union, a Division Two program, but he wasn't happy there, so after his redshirt season, he decided to leave and moved out west to get a fresh start.

"Honestly, I really hadn't seen much of the world up to that point and I felt like this was a great opportunity to see a different part of the country and just sorta stretch my legs a little bit," Alston recalled. "It's been great for the most part out here. I've learned a lot and I think it's made me a better player."

With all of that in mind, Alston said he hopes schools start to recognize that he is available to leave in May and start to pursue him. Once he finishes up his academic work in May he will have three years to play three starting next fall.

We'll continue to keep tabs on Alston over the next couple of months as he nears making his decision and we will update news on him as it happens.

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