Top 2022 RB Damari Alston updates his recruitment, FSU

2022 four-star running back Damari Alston is one of the top prospects in his class and a host of schools are jockeying to land his commitment. Florida State offered him last summer and the coaching staff has been making him a priority ever since. Penn State, Florida, Miami, Ohio, Alabama, and a few others are also recruiting Alston hard.

“Florida State definitely is a stand out school,” Alston said. “They’ve been recruiting me for a while. Coach Atkins, Coach Norvell, Coach YAC [David Johnson], Coach Dillingham, they’re all on me pretty hard, texting me, calling me, making sure I’m a priority. Penn State is on me pretty hard, Florida, Miami, Ohio State, North Carolina, Bama, and a few others.”

The Seminoles have stood out to Alston because of the history of the program and the coaching staff. A few current members of #Tribe22, five-star defensive back Travis Hunter and four-star quarterback Nicco Marchiol, have also been talking with him about joining the class. The extra attention has caught his eye and Alston says that FSU is currently near the top of his list.

“The history is very good,” Alston said. “Coach YAC is a great coach and the whole staff is very cool. They’re new, they just started there [at FSU] last year, they’ve just been on me hard. Ever since they offered, even before that they were talking to me consistently, and now they’re talking to me even more. The relationships with the coaches really interest me.”

“They’re on me hard and my interest level is high in them,” Alston continued. “I feel like they’re kinda at the top of my list right now. Guys like Travis Hunter, Nicco [Marchiol], they’re on me pretty hard and want me to come there.”

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While he’s spoken with head coach Mike Norvell, offensive line coach Alex Atkins, and offensive coordinator Kenny Dillingham, the Georgia native’s best relationship amongst the staff is likely with running backs coach David Johnson. They get along well and Alston respects his pedigree of developing good running backs.

“He’s a great man, well-spoken,” Alston said. “He just lets me know I’m a priority for them and that I’m one of the top backs on the board. We get along well and I’d love to play under him, I know he’s gotten guys to the league.”

After an outstanding junior season that saw Alston rush 234 times for 1,507 yards and 24 rushing touchdowns in 12 games, his goal is to have a ring on his finger after his final year of high school football. While he also wants to have some personal success, leading his team to the top comes first on his list.

“My main goal is to win a state championship,” Alston said. “The team I’m with now, we’ve been together since eighth grade, these guys are like my brothers and we’re all looking for the same goal. Stats wise, I’m looking forward to having over 2,000 rushing yards and around 30 touchdowns but the state championship comes first.”

Currently, Alston has no timeline for his commitment because he has only been able to take two visits during his entire recruiting process. He’s hoping the dead period will be lifted in April. If so, he’s planning to have a busy couple of months checking out some of the schools on his list. He is planning to be an early enrollee

The 5-foot-11, 205-pound running back is ranked as the No. 274 overall prospect, the No. 27 RB, and the No. 29 player in the state of Georgia in the 2022 class according to 247Sports. NoleGameday will continue to keep up with Alston and track his interest in FSU throughout his senior season.

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