The consensus top recruit in the state of Minnesota, David Alston joins the Huskers as an outside linebacker. Alston comes from Saint Paul, Minn., where he played for Coach Andy Hill at Woodbury High School.
As a senior, Alston was named to the Minneapolis Star Tribune all-metro first team and was a finalist for Twin Cities Pioneer Press Metro Player of the Year. The 6-4, 225-pound Alston recorded 6.5 sacks, 13 tackles for loss and picked off four passes as a senior, returning one interception for a touchdown. Following his senior season, Alston recorded a sack for the South squad in the 45th Annual Minnesota High School Football Showcase. As a junior, Alston totaled 31 tackles, 10 TFLs and 5.0 sacks in only nine games.
In addition to being the No. 1 player in Minnesota, Alston was ranked as the nation’s No. 24 weakside defensive end prospect by Rivals. He only visited Nebraska, but had more than a dozen scholarship offers, including Iowa State, Utah and Wisconsin. Alston also received interest from several Ivy League programs as he was also a standout in the classroom who boasted a cumulative grade-point average of nearly 3.9. His father played college football at Rice while his mother was a track and field student-athlete at Minnesota.