A pair of Nash Central graduates soon will play football on Saturdays.
Former Bulldogs lineman Chris Alston recently signed with Campbell and linebacker Quentin McNair committed to N.C. Wesleyan.
Both players seemingly are capable of contributing right away.
In Alston, Campbell might be receiving a player different than it recruited.
Alston, a three-year starter on both offense and defense for the Bulldogs, has dropped 50 pounds since his senior season.
The 6-foot-3 Telegram All-Area First Team member now weighs 290 pounds.
“They told me they wanted me around 315 pounds,” Alston said. “I kept working out and kept dropping weight. I feel a lot different.”
Alston said there were times as a high school student when it was difficult to walk because of all the pressure on his knees.
He is spending his summer working out three times a day, and his diet has changed.
It’s a 180-degree turn for a player who admits he did not always give his best effort on the field.
“I definitely think he will play and do well if he works hard on the field,” Nash Central coach Kevin Crudup said. “He hasn’t come close to matching his full potential.”
While Alston will play less than two hours from home, McNair will settle in just miles from his alma mater.
At 5-foot-10 and 215-pounds, McNair also played safety and wide receiver for the Bulldogs.
McNair will play outside linebacker at N.C. Wesleyan, which he said was a good fit in part because of its exercise science program.
He also had interest in Western Carolina and Elizabeth City State.
“It’s local, and I wasn’t ready to leave home yet,” McNair said. “They have a good program. I’ve always wanted to play college football, and I felt I was talented enough to play at the next level.”
Crudup said N.C. Wesleyan will have a tough football player in McNair.
“They will be a good fit for him,” Crudup said. “He was outstanding for us all season long.”
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