New Panther in town


Jackson Ploeger

Myles Alston avoids defenders left and right.

When student-athletes decide to commit to a school during their junior year, they usually do not have nearly 20 offers; then again, Ocean Lakes wideout Myles Alston is not your average student-athlete. Alston committed to the University of Pittsburgh on April 18, 2020, after receiving offers from nearly 20 schools. Alston, who stands 6’2” at roughly 180 pounds, has led the Dolphins to success throughout his three years. According to 247sports, Alston was rated a three-star prospect on a five-star scale.

Last season, he racked up 17 receptions for 212 yards with a touchdown and helped the Dolphins make it far into the playoffs with key grabs. A natural-born athlete, he also added an interception return for a touchdown.

“Mostly my relationship with the coaching staff and the city itself separated Pitt from my other offers. I can see myself there as a student without football and that was important to me throughout the recruiting process,” said Alston.

Along with having much success during his time at Ocean Lakes, Alston has also been selected to the all-region and all tidewater team.

 “Primarily the schools that offered me first have been at the top of my list, like UVA, VT, Maryland, and Liberty.”

Alston now has a great connection with one of the best recruiters in the 757, Chris Beatty, who coached at both Landstown and Salem High School. He is a big reason Alston will be attending Pittsburgh in the near future. Chris is very confident in Alston’s ability to be a dangerous weapon on Pittsburgh’s offense.

“The pandemic caused me to make my decision now [due to] not knowing if I would be able to take visits this summer and the possibility of fall sports being canceled for the 2020 season. I did not want to wait too long and have all the spots filled. I knew Pittsburgh is where I wanted to go, so I decided to stop wasting time,” said Alston.