Lifting weight, working out and practicing with your high school team are things that every high school athlete were used to doing and took for granted they’d be doing right now to prepare for their upcoming season.
COVID 19 has cast a cloud of uncertainty for all athletes and no one is certain if high school football will be played this coming fall.
Pitt Class of 2021 commit wide receiver Myles Alston has been training for months at his home in Virginia Beach, Virginia and is trying to keep a positive mindset and hopes to be able to suit up for one more high school season before bringing his talents to Pittsburgh.
“I will say that I’m still trying to be productive,” Alston told Pittsburgh Sports Now. “I’m still not able to work out yet with my entire team but we have a group of us that get up and go to a park or go to someone’s house that we can lift at in order to make sure that we’re still getting our work in although we can’t all be together. I’ve had a lot of free time, so I decided to take a summer course to get ahead on my fall year. I plan on early enrolling to Pitt in January. I’m really just trying to be as productive as possible.”
The current environment in our country is difficult for adults, let alone high school kids who have to have many thoughts going through their heads. Alston said that it’s been difficult at times for him but he’s been able to lean on his family and is trying to stay optimistic.
“Our high school coaches have been very good at staying in communication with us through group texts,” said Alston. “They’ve sent us daily quotes and motivational quotes to keep us up. Also, I’ve talked a lot with brother and parents, who have told me that there’s still hope as far as having a season and have really tried to be positive. I will say that at one point I felt as though I put on the pads for the last time in high school but I’m having hope now. We actually are going to have our first team practice on July 13.
— MYLES ALSTON (@Myles1Alston) June 21, 2020
“In Northern Virginia, they’ve been practicing for a while now but for our area, they say it’s up to our principal and athletic director. Some schools in my area started two weeks ago but we aren’t getting the green light to start until the 13th. Right now, we’re just conditioning in groups of 10 and have different groups going in throughout the day. It’s not great but it’s better than nothing and that’s just where we’re at.”
One thing is for certain, when he’s able to start practicing and hopefully playing in a game again, that is something that Alston will never take for granted again.
“Most definitely. Just going to the weight room, especially is one big thing. I miss that because that was an everyday routine for me and that’s something I really miss. Same thing with just going to a restaurant to eat. That’s just something that you never thought about until you aren’t able to do it anymore. After this is over, I’m definitely going to be more grateful for even the small stuff like that.”
Alston made his commitment to Pitt back in late April and is one of four players from Virginia currently in Pitt’s Class of 2021. Looking back, the talented play-maker admits he’s glad he made his decision early and his relationship with the Pitt staff has grown tremendously over the last three months.
“I hear from them everyday,” said Alston. “Coach Beatty is in touch with me everyday and it’s never about football and we just talk about everyday type things. That’s very important to me because football isn’t everything and won’t be around forever. He’s really getting to know the type of person I am but he’s really known me because we’ve been talking for like the last 3-4 years now. Coach Duzz and Coach Beatty have really been in touch with me to check on me since my brother passed away last month. They’ve also been in touch and stayed in touch with my family since then too. We’ve really built a strong relationship.”
“I’m definitely glad I committed to Pitt early because it’s taken a lot of stress off my back. I made the decision in April but originally I was going to wait until October around my birthday. I wanted to lock myself in with Pitt, especially since we weren’t going to be allowed to travel. I’m really glad I committed to Pitt when I did because it relieved me of a lot of stress.”