Alston Orji

6′2″ / 215 lbs
Rockwall, TX
Class of 2018
Rating: 93

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Rating: 91.5

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David Sandhop
on Jun 13, 2017
Ryan Brauninger
on May 12, 2017
Jason Howell
on Jun 16, 2016


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Aggie targets Alston & Anfernee Orji on playing together, summer plans
Rockwall LB Alston Orji on bonding with Aggie DC John Chavis
Junior Highlights
2018 Rockwall LB Alston Orji taking time with recruiting process


2 yr ago by Jason Howell
Around Texas: A round-up of recruiting news in the Lone Star State
Two talented Houston-area prospects found landing spots over the last couple weeks, and a coveted DFW standout announced his decision plans. Jason Howell runs down all the news and takes a glance at 2019's top linebackers.
2 yr ago by Jason Howell
Recruiting Rankings Update: Shaking up the 2018, '19 & '20 Classes
With one month of high school football in the books, the TexAgs recruiting team updates all three of its recruiting lists. New names, big leaps and more highlight the October update to the 2018, 2019 and 2020 pecking orders.
2 yr ago by Jason Howell
Some weekend thoughts - high school, recruiting
Going into the weekend the big thing on my mind was watching Nicholas Bolton. I've been on his bandwagon for quite awhile and when the Aggies picked up interest I have to say I was pretty excited to actually get to write about him a little bit. Coach Chavis did not make the trip for Lone Star/Denton Ryan but coach Ron Cooper did. Bolton has a stout build and plays a smart brand of football. He is also just as capable of delivering a highlight reel hit as he is to drop deep into coverage. The height has been the big knock against him, but he has the makings of a steady contributor wherever he ends up. If the Aggies offer, look for them to be under consideration. Bolton is currently committed to Washington.Sticking with linebacker recruiting, Vanderbilt commitment Alston Orji had a very good night as Rockwall had their best defensive performance of the year. Orji is solidly committed to Vanderbilt, but the Aggies did finish second. It is going to take some things happening for Orji to reconsider his options, but he also still has plenty of good things to say about the Aggies. That's just something to tuck away.Orji's brother Anfernee Orji was at the A&M/Arkansas game yesterday. He had a big night at linebacker for Rockwall on Friday as well. Now, he is a big S and he really wants to play S even though it is likely he ends up rolling down to linebacker with his current size, build, and athleticism. He says he has not heard much from the Aggies lately and that he is currently keeping his options open. I tend to think he'll go with his brother, but we will see.In the hybrid LB/DE category, LSU commit Jarell Cherry out of Carter had the best performance I've seen him have in person. I've been pretty hard on him over the years and have not been impressed with his play when I have seen him. Now his overall athleticism is something else, but on the field has not impressed me much. In a big game against South Oak Cliff he made plays all over the field. We have him lower than most other services, but I'm thinking he deserves a bump after what I saw on Saturday. 2019 Texas Tech commit Steven Parker also showed me a lot on Saturday. He has a lot of length and a quick first step. He's originally from Lubbock and Emmett Jones being at Tech only helps the Red Raiders. If he sticks with his pledge, he'll be a good one in the Big 12.Out of all the defenders I saw this weekend South Oak Cliff 2019 CB Bobby Holmes left the biggest impression. I have been hearing about him since the spring, and he has received some high praise from a few coaches I have learned to listen to over the years. He is not the biggest, but the 5-foot-10 defender is an in the pocket defender who is not afraid of any match-up. His ability to forget the bad and bounce back is also impressive. He got beat deep for a late Carter score, but he shook it off and when he was tried deep the next few times he was right where he should have been. The mindset, the confidence, and the talent all stood out to me. It was not a flawless performance by any means, but this guy is definitely in the discussion for top cover corner in the state for 2019. He just picked up a Michigan State offer, but I have a feeling more will be on the way.On offense Rockwall's Jaxon Smith is a name to remember. He is just outside the 2020 Top 25, but it is going to be hard for me to leave him out when we update the list. He is a smooth route runner who makes crisp cuts and has sure hands. SMU has already offered, and he was at Baylor/Oklahoma this weekend. He will have plenty of attention before it is over with, and he does have an interest in the Aggies. Rockwall's Cameron Crayton is one of several under recruiting 2018 WRs in the state right now. We highlighted Georgetown's Caden Leggett is week in Around Texas, and we have talked about Round Rock Westwood's Cam Thomas already. Go ahead and put North Forney's Jordan Carroll on that list. He had 7 receptions for 221 yards and 2 TDs against Wylie East on Friday. Keller Fossil Ridge's Stefan Cobbs and Wylie's Andrew Nwachukwu are also posting big numbers. Numbers are tight with the area's P5 and FBS programs, but these guys all have the ability to play high level football.Rockwall 2019 QB Jacob Clark is a good looking prospect. He's in his first year as a starter at Rockwall after moving in from Kansas, but he has been impressive so far. He leads 6A DFW area QBs with 1,230 yards passing and has completed 67.5-percent of his passes with 12 TDs and 1 INT. Not that the Aggies need another 2019 QB target with Gunnell putting up ridiculous numbers, but just saying Clark is a good one.Spencer Sanders is my top 2018 QB in the state. He's not always the prettiest but he has the tools to do everything and produces in big moments. If Gabe Douglas did not have academic issues he would be in the discussion for No. 1 WR in the state. He's that good. Lone Star QB MJ Rivers is still more of an ATH than he is a QB. He has a gun, but his accuracy leaves him at times. Lone Star RB Kirby Bennett was impressive but he lacks that extra gear. He's a very good big back/pounder weapon on the high school level.Last but not least, a few quick notes on 2020. Carter DT Branard Wright looks the part of a future big time DT. He played both ways Saturday for Carter. I saw three talented 2020 OL prospects. Rockwall has two in tackles Matt Joyce and Ethan Fossier and South Oak Cliff has one in Anthony Faz. All three have the size. Faz had a tough day but he is light on his feet and has some good bend to him. South Oak Cliff S Jonathan Davis is quick to draw attention due to his size. He just looks like a free safety, and he showed some nice range throughout the day against Carter.
2 yr ago by Jason Howell
TexAgs High School Game Thread: Week Four
It's week four, and the TexAgs recruiting team is spread out across the Lone Star State to take in a few high school football games. Many of Texas A&M's top targets are in action this week. Check back here for updates throughout the weekend.
3 yr ago by Jason Howell
Area Rundown: The latest recruiting news from Dallas-Fort Worth
The DFW Area is always one of the top priorities for the Aggies, and there is no shortage of big time prospects this year. As the season approaches, recruits are making decisions, trimming lists and taking visits, and there's news that not only impacts the Aggies but top programs around the country, as well.
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