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2027 CB Ace Alston Talks Notre Dame Visit

April 15, 2024

Ace Alston‍ made his first trip to Notre Dame this past weekend and it won’t be the 2027 Ohio cornerback’s last.

“I loved it,” the 5-foot-11, 165-pounder told Irish Sports Daily. 

“First, when I walked in, I just saw all these Heismans to my left and all these trophies that they earned. I was amazed.”

After getting registered, the Anderson High School football standout took a tour of campus.

“We got to see Touchdown Jesus, the Grotto and all the buildings and the history of Notre Dame,” he said. “I really liked the campus and all the history behind Notre Dame.”

Then, he got to check out the Irish’s practice.

“It was a full scrimmage, so they told me I came at a great time,” Alston said. “I got to see them live. The defense was playing great. I love the way #7 (Jaden Mickey) played. He had a pick-six, and I love how he was patient with his game and technique.”

The Cincinnati native had the chance to speak with defensive backs coach Mike Mickens, defensive coordinator Al Golden and head coach Marcus Freeman.

Golden didn’t waste time teaching.

“As I came in the office, he told me to get up,” Alston said. “He had the ball tucked away and he taught me to strip. He taught me to punch and then secure, so punch then secure the tackle. He just gave me a learning lesson as soon as I walked in.”

Mickens encouraged Alston to keep coming back.

“He told me he wanted to get me up here as much as I can,” said Alston. “He played at UC, so I was glad to hear that he'd been in Cincinnati. He's from where I'm from. He just told me to keep coming up and keep Notre Dame close.”

Freeman’s message was similar.

“He also wanted me to keep coming up there,” Alston explained. “He told me I was young. He just wants us to keep building a relationship. I'm young in the game. I'm just a 2027 and he told I'm the first 2027 that he sat down with. He wants me to keep coming down.

“He just said he was excited to see me and as long as I keep my grades straight, he'll be offering me on Pot of Gold Day next year.”

Alston, who already has a dozen offers from schools like Tennessee, Purdue, Kentucky, Arkansas, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Georgia Tech, Illinois and Indiana among others, was fired up to hear that from Freeman.

“It felt great,” he said. “It was exciting to hear. It just motivates me to keep going and ball out this year coming up and achieve my goals.”

Next up for Alston are trips to West Virginia and Wisconsin this weekend.

He said he’ll “of course” return to South Bend, although he isn’t exactly sure when just yet.

“We're still working out our schedule, but we'll catch some games for sure.”

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