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Boston College Football: Get To Know The Dudes - #6, WR Sherman Alston

Today, "Get to know" ... wide receiver Sherman Alston.

Name: Sherman Alston

Position: Wide Receiver

Number: #6

Year: Freshman

Height: 5-foot-6

Weight: 163 lbs.

Hometown: Harlem, NY

High School: St. Joseph's

2013 Stats (HS): Earned third-team all-state honors, first-team all-county recognition and first-team All-Non-Public honors as a senior in 2013. Rushed 201 times for 1,197 yards, a 5.9 average and 22 touchdowns in 2013; added 19 catches for 251 yards and a touchdown and totaled 1,689 all-purpose yards. Helped lead Saint Joseph's to three state championships. Concluded his high school career with 2,656 rushing yards. (via

2014 Projections: While Alston primarily played RB in high school, the true freshman makes the switch to wide receiver on the Eagles fall roster. With so many unknowns in the receiving corps this year, the speedy, yet undersized back may get some reps as a slot back on some designed WR runs. Though it's probably more likely that he'll redshirt this season with Bobby Swigert and Shakim Phillips both returning, and Josh Bordner making the switch from QB to WR. If he does see the field this season, Alston could prove useful in the punt/kick return game as Addazio thinks highly of his play-making abilities.

How'd He Get Here: A three-star all-purpose back out of St. Joseph's (NJ), Sherman committed to the Eagles over claimed offers from Albany, Bryant, Delaware and New Hampshire. Recruited by Ryan Day.

Twitter Feed: N/A

Quotable: "I chose Boston College over Rutgers because of the academics mainly. They were also the first school interested in me and they were there the whole way through the process with me. Plus, Rutgers is going to the Big 10 and I feel I'm more suited for the Big East."

Uniform History: #6 is the same number worn by former Eagle DB C.J. Jones:

You'll remember #6 as the digit worn by such modern marvels as Jeff Smith (remember him and his lightning speed?) and Larry Lester (who was a good receiver at the end of the Big East era but was always good for at least one holding or pass interference call per game), but its long, rich history dates back to legendary halfback Fred McMenimen in 1924. From 1927-1928, it was actually worn by two offensive linemen - John Convery and Austin Brosnan, who cowore the number in '28. After being idle from 1938-1976, it would become the number of two captains - safety Eric Shorter in 1994 and RaMon Johnson in 2000.

What Does Addazio Think Of Him: "Sherm Alston is a heck of a player kick/punt returner. He is a dynamic athletic with great speed and change of direction."


College football: Sherman Alston commits to Boston College (

Sherman Alston of St. Joseph (Mont.) signs to play football at Boston College on National Signing Day, updated with photos (

Boston College Football Recruiting: Sherman Alston Commits To The Eagles (BC Interruption)

Boston College Football 2014: Sherman Alston, RB (Soaring To Glory)

Highlights: Here's a look at Sherman coming out of high school. He fast.