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Notre Dame Football Recruiting

2026 RB Shahn Alston Excited For Notre Dame Return

March 4, 2024

Shahn Alston‍ was at Notre Dame and after Dre Brown, the Irish’s Director of High School Scouting, connected with Alston’s coach at Harvey High School, the 2026 Ohio running back is excited to be heading back April 5th.

“Notre Dame was one of the first schools that ever showed me love, especially Power Five schools,” Alston says. “They have a great tradition there. I love the running backs coach from the time I visited for a game this past fall. Dre Brown's a great guy, so I definitely had to make my way back.

“The tradition there is great. The game atmosphere was great. Before the game, we had a sit-down lunch with other recruits and we got to bond with them. We got to see a little bit around the campus, got to meet some of the coaching staff, and that was pretty much the basics of the visit this past fall.”

The 5-foot-10, 205-pounder has early offers from West Virginia, Toledo, Miami-Ohio, Eastern Michigan, Ball State and Akron. 

“It's a blessing,” he says. “I prayed for things like this when I was younger; staying humble through it all. I don't want to get too big-headed and just continue to work on perfecting my craft and just looking forward to keep elevating. Whatever college I go to, I hope to make an instant impact.

“They all tend to say the same thing. They love my physicality. They all say I have pretty good balance. I'm not the blazing speed type of back, but once I get into the open field, I can definitely burst through it. Defenders won't catch me from behind. I feel like I have great vision.”

He’s looking forward to seeing more of Notre Dame this time.

“I obviously want to see how the practice is,” he says. “Obviously, the game and practice are two different things. I love to see how coaches react to the players, how players react to the coaches. I love to see how coaches coach the players.”

Alston is still early in the process with the Irish, but isn’t shy about saying what an offer down the road would mean.

“It would mean a lot because it's close to home,” he says. “Notre Dame, like I said earlier, has a lot of tradition, a lot of great running backs, so it would mean a lot to me.”

He’ll be busy this spring with visits to Missouri, Virginia Tech and NC State before Notre Dame as well as stops at Purdue, Ohio State, Miami-Ohio, Syracuse and Rutgers afterward.

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