Virginia Tech Fighting Regional Foe For Myles Alston

Myles Alston
Wide Receiver, Class of 2021
Ocean Lakes High School, Virginia Beach, VA
6-2, 175

Out of 13 offers, there are a few that especially intrigue Ocean Lakes (Va.) 2021 three-star wide receiver Myles Alston. He’s not ready to go into many details, but it’s a sign that his recruitment is moving along at a good pace.

South Carolina, UMASS, Charlotte and Navy are the most recent schools to offer Alston a scholarship, but one school might be the toughest to beat thanks to family connections and an increased familiarity. Of course, like Alston’s other options, it still has to adhere to his checklist of characteristics he’s looking for.

“Mainly, I’m looking for the best school that has my major,” he said. “If I can be at that school if I’m not playing football, like how the campus is. Can I be there and not play football? I’m looking at program success, campus life and all that, but education first.”

This past weekend, Alston visited Maryland for the second time in as many months. Alston has grown quite familiar with the Terps for a few reasons.

“Maryland is good and my parents are from the area,” he said. “My dad is from College Park, so I have family there. I like the coaching staff, how they are. Them getting Lox (Mike Locksley) from Alabama is big to me. I understand them, some of them being from some of the same places around me is really nice.”

Virginia Tech has also put itself in a favorable position. He also went to Blacksburg in June, which helped bolster the Hokies’ position. Alston said he’s now been there six times.

“Virginia Tech, I love it up there,” he said. “I’ve been to a game and Coach (Zohn) Burden is a 757 guy. We have a good relationship. We’re very cool. All the other coaches are cool. They all show love, and I always have a good time there.”

Burden is a big reason why Virginia Tech is in such good shape, and their relationship continues to blossom.

“We’re from the same city,” Alston said. “We get along really well, have good talks about football and just life. He’s a very cool guy, easy to talk to. I’m just very comfortable around Coach Burden.”

For now, Alston has no other visits set, but he said he hopes to make it to a few games, including a return trip to Blacksburg.

“I’m going to look at their schedule and go to a game or two,” Alston said. “I know they play a lot of big teams and they compete. That stadium is so loud. That game atmosphere is unmatched. I was at the Notre Dame game last year. I liked that atmosphere.”

For now, Alston said his focus has shifted to his junior season. Ocean Lakes kicks off its 2019 campaign Aug. 29 against Cox (Va.).

“I want to be a thousand-yard receiver this year, lead my area in receiving yards,” Alston said. “Of course, I want to win the state championship. I want to get better all around, improving speed, route running, just be a better player across the board. I spent all off-season taking training seriously. I dedicated the summer to football, and I feel like I’ve gotten better since last season.”

Alston won’t be ready to make any type of recruiting decision in the next few months, but he’s feeling more comfortable about where he is overall.

“I would say I’m in the middle of the process,” Alston said. “I’m starting, just beginning to look at narrowing stuff down. I still don’t have any top schools yet, but I’m narrowing schools down. Probably around May or June next year, I might commit or have my top schools ready. But I’m just starting to narrow right now.”

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