Seniors in the state of Virginia are facing the real possibility that they may have played their last career high school football game.
It was announced on Wednesday that there will be no high school football this fall in Virginia and that football will either be played in the winter, spring, or not at all.
The move impacts four Pitt Class of 2021 recruits: wide receiver Myles Alston (Ocean Lakes High School, Virginia Beach, Va.), running back Rodney Hammond (B.T. Washington High School Norfolk, Va.), running back Malik Newton (Lake Taylor High School, Norfolk, Va.) and defensive end Trevion Stevenson (Phoebus High School, Hampton, Va.).
This was difficult news for these players to take because it directly impacts their development, hurts their opportunity of getting viewed by new schools and prevents them from playing the game they enjoy.
Pittsburgh Sports Now caught up with Alston, who knew this was a possibility but still found it difficult to hear.
“Emotionally, I’m hurt, but I look at it as a blessing in disguise,” said Alston. “I hate that my teammates and I can’t get one last chance on the field together but it’s a blessing because now I’m just focusing on getting ready for Pitt.”
Alston is a dynamic playmaker that has the real chance to get on the field early in Mark Whipple’s wide receiver friendly offense. Is Alston worried about a year off from football hurting his development?
“I’m not worried about this impacting my development. I think I’ll have more time to focus on getting stronger and faster. I’ll also have some extra time to lift weights and just train more.”
While their still is a chance that high school football returns to Virginia in the spring, Alston won’t be participating because he’ll be in Pittsburgh starting his new journey as a Pitt Panther.
“I already have plans on early enrolling at Pitt,” said Alston. “Even if we would’ve played in the fall, I would’ve started at Pitt in January. I’m looking forward to getting that head start with my new team.”