Benjamin Alston Jr. is one of the best players from the Haines City, FL area in the Class of 2025.
The 5-foot-1, 126-pound Alston Jr., who attends Daniel Jenkins Academy, is a dynamic player that works as a tight end, wide receiver, running back and linebacker for the Northeast Rattlers.
Alston Jr. has earned plenty of recognition during his outstanding career, such as being a four-time Mid-Florida All-Star and Super Bowl Defensive MVP in his league.
Alston Jr. is humbled by the accolades.
“It shows that I’m working hard and it makes me want to continue to grind,” Alston Jr. said. “It was a great experience and playing new people and adjusting to new surroundings.”
No matter the opponent, every game Alston Jr. is determined to give it his all.
Alston Jr. is going all out.
The motor is always at full throttle whenever Alston Jr. steps between the lines.
“My mindset is to be dominant and make plays on both sides of the ball,” Alston Jr. said. “I want the other team to have to work for all that they get when I’m on the field.”
Alston Jr. has great passion and energy whenever he’s on the field. Alston Jr. tells why he enjoys the game of football so much.
“I love being able to play the sport that I love and to rep for my city,” Alston Jr. said. “I love how a football team is like a family and your teammates can be like your brothers.”
Alston Jr. has learned many valuable lessons from playing football that he applies to his everyday life.
The main one is applying perspective to all situations.
“Playing football has taught me so much about life in general,” Alston Jr. said. “It has taught me about how important it is to have discipline. If you have discipline you can make all your dreams come true.”
Alston Jr. recalls his favorite football memory.
“My favorite moment of my career was when I forced a fumble in the Super Bowl. It was so great to be able to come through for my team in a big moment,” Alston Jr. said. “That’s a moment I’ll always remember.”
Benjamin Alston Sr. coaches his son for the Northeast Rattlers.
Mr. Alston explains the best parts of his son’s game.
“At tight end his blocking is good and he can catch. At receiver he has great hands. At running back he has great power and is patient with blocking. On defense he plays linebacker and has vision,” Mr. Alston said. “I like the fact that he’s able to use his hands on offense and defense.”
Alston Jr. takes his role as one of the leaders on the team very seriously. Alston Jr. makes sure he’s a daily positive influence on his peers.
“I demonstrate being a good teammate by staying positive and helpful for them at all times,” Alston Jr. said. “The best advice that I give to my teammates is to never give up and always stay focused.”
Mr. Alston adds that his son is one of those consummate teammates that every squad needs to be successful.
“He calls out plays and puts other players in proper position when they are not in it,” Mr. Alston said. “That has a great effect on his peers in such a positive manner.”
Alston Jr. is appreciative of having amazing male role models that are supportive.
“My coaches have helped me become a better player and person on and off the field,” Alston Jr. said. “They have taught me that nothing comes easy and hard work is necessary. Work hard and stay consistent. The best advice my coaches give me is to put school first.”
Mr. Alston is an advocate of his son’s capabilities.
“He is a playmaking machine out there on the field. Whenever we need a big play he always steps up to the challenge,” Mr. Alston said. “Defensively he comes up with a lot of huge fumbles.”
In addition to making clutch plays, Alston Jr. is developing a high level of football IQ as well.
Alston Jr. is growing into excellent football awareness that puts him in position to thrive.
“He has a very high IQ at linebacker,” Mr. Alston said. “He drops back in coverage and reads the field.”
Alston Jr. is on the grind to perfect and hone his craft in any way possible.
“His work ethic is good,” Mr. Alston said. “He watches film from previous games and also YouTube drills of players his age.”
Mr. Alston explains why he compares his son to this standout.
“He likes Odell Beckham Jr. and Gronk,” Mr. Alston said. “His hand-eye coordination is like OBJ and he makes aggressive catches like Gronk.”
Alston Jr. patterns his play after Beckham Jr.
“I look up to OBJ because he’s the best at his position in the world,” Alston Jr. said. “He’s unstoppable on the field. That’s the way I try to be when I’m out there too.”
Alston Jr. is constantly striving for greatness in everything that he does.
“My goals on and off the field are to work hard at whatever I’m doing. To give my all in each situation,” Alston Jr. said. “I want to make my family proud of me in everything that I do.”
Alston Jr. explains his collegiate aspirations.
“I would love to play at FSU because they have produced a lot of great athletes and I want to be the next one,” Alston Jr. said. “I would love to help FSU win another national championship.”
Alston Jr. lists math as his favorite subject in school.
“My favorite subject is math because I love working with numbers,” Alston Jr. said. “Math is an important subject that you need in your life.”
Mr. Alston lists the improvements that will take his son’s game to the next level.
“He needs to work more on speed and footwork,” Mr. Alston said. “I am confident he’ll be able to improve on it.”
Mr. Alston believes the sky is the limit as long as his son continues to stay hungry.
“In my opinion he has the ability to be as good as he wants to be and possesses the knowledge to be that person in the future,” Mr. Alston said.
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