During the first weekend of October, Sean Alston (5-9, 172) was on the phone coming back from the Oregon State-Arizona State game. On the other end of the line was Fresno State head coach Pat Hill. The discussion resulted in an official offer.
“On my way home, the Sunday after the game, [Coach Hill] said, ‘I make the final decisions’ and offered me a scholarship,” said Alston. “I told him I would give him a call back later after I gave my mom all the details. I went home and told my mom about it, she was excited. I called [Coach Hill] later that night and committed.”
The Bulldog offer was his first.
“It felt right, I’ve always liked Fresno State,” said Alston. “I can see myself playing there. I don’t see myself at a ‘big name’ school. I’ve always seen myself playing in Fresno.”
Alston visited Fresno last June during the Bulldogs individual camp. However, unable to participate, he came for the visit with teammate Blake Loncar who competed in the camp. He says the Bulldogs interest starting getting more serious from that point until Hill offered earlier this month.
He can on both sides of the ball. So far this season, Alston has recorded 31 receptions for 552 yards and seven touchdowns. But Fresno State is recruiting him to play to defense. “They’re recruiting me to play corner, DB, I’ll play corner,” said Alston.
A few schools like Utah State, Colorado State and UNLV among others are still recruiting him but he says his recruitment is for the most part over no matter who comes into the picture.
“I’m pretty much sold on Fresno,” said Alston. “I’m open to see who else offers me but I’m sold. At some ‘big name’ schools, that is some serious competition. I like to compete but I just want to go somewhere where I know I can get some playing time if not as a freshman, definitely like my sophomore year. I can see myself doing that at Fresno.
“[Coach Hill] told me they have one senior [cornerback] coming back and he never has more than six corners, three corners on each side. I will have to compete with two other guys on one side. I’ll have some competition but it’s not like there would be a whole load of DB’s I would be competing with. And, hopefully, maybe I’ll get a shot at some receiver too.”
Fresno State offensive line coach Derek Frazier is recruiting Alston. “He was really getting me interested after telling me about [Fresno],” Alston said of Frazier.
“He was the one who showed me around the campus when I went up there. I like their facilities and their weight room. I like their field. When they were coaching at the camp, they were making things seem easy. I like the way they were coaching. They weren’t trying to make it too complicated.”
Besides Coach Hill, Alston says he has also spoken with cornerback coach Micah Alba. “I’ve talked to him a few times on the phone, he’s a real cool guy,” he added.
Alston will take his official visit to Fresno State November 20-22 when Fresno State hosts Louisiana Tech.
Academically, he reports a 2.8 GPA. He scored a 1390 on his SAT. He plans to major in Criminal Justice. “They told me that they have a real good [Criminology Department],” said Alston.
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