Greensboro (N.C.) Page running back Remene Alston announced earlier today at a school press conference that he'll be signing in February with Oregon. Alston had committed to Cal earlier this month but took an official visit to Eugene this past weekend that gave the Ducks the edge.
We caught up with Alston's father, Remene Sr. who gave us some insight on his son's decision.
"It was a lot of things to be honest," Alston said. "Now when he committed to Cal, at that time, he was 100% sold on Cal and loved California, we all did. I thought that was it for him, I really did. At the same time, our family thought he should still take one more visit, just to be sure of his decision.
"We thought Remene might have committed a little early and this is such a big decision that we all wanted to make sure he was doing the right thing. Now Remene has always known a lot about the Oregon program, ever since he had played in Pop Warner, and it has always been a dream of his to take a visit to Oregon.
"He went on that a visit with an open mind. He had heard a lot of things about the fancy facilities and all that but he wasn't going to be awed by any of that. He was just looking at everything with an open mind and really felt comfortable with the coaches and the players right away. Coach Belotti and Coach Campbell were great to Remene and he hit it off with those guys immediately.
"They were truthful to him and very much up front about what his role would be and how he would fit in. Plus academically, he just felt Oregon was a better fit for him. Cal is a great school academically but for what Remene wants to major in, Broadcast journalism, Oregon is actually a little stronger and that made a big difference for him as well. Everything was just handled with so much class by the coaches and I really think Remene had his mind made up on Oregon on his flight back home.
"I know Cal had a couple of other backs commit but to be honest, that really didn't play much of a role in this. Cal still wanted Remene and tried to recruit him all the way up to his decision. He's not afraid of competition, he just felt like Oregon was a better overall fit for him after he weighed the pros and cons of each school. He has a great opportunity at Oregon and our family is very excited about his decision and feel great about his future in Oregon."