After a few weeks without a scouting report, we returned the virtual scouting trail on Friday night, as we took a look at a major Tar Heel target in the 2022 class. 2022 4✮ RB Damari Alston and the Woodward Academy War Eagles traveled on the road to face the Tri-Cities Bulldogs as they looked to win their sixth straight game and stay undefeated in their region. The War Eagles defense stepped up to hold the Bulldogs offense to just one scoring drive all night on a night where the offense had some struggles outside of a big performance from Alston.
Alston, the No. 27 running back in the 2022 class according to 247Sports Composite player rankings, had another big night on the ground for the War Eagles after entering the game with 1,082 yards and 16 touchdowns rushing on the season. Alston carried the ball 21 times on Friday night for 151 yards and found the endzone for three of the War Eagles four scores on the night. All three of Alston’s scores came from 19+ yards out and showcased the great acceleration and speed that makes him such a dynamic running back. While he had a strong night overall, he really stepped up, scoring two of his three touchdowns in the fourth quarter to help the War Eagles pull away in a game that was only 14-0 heading into the final stanza. Alston also had one catch for 5 yards on a shovel pass in the third quarter.
Alston is an extremely intriguing prospect that without a doubt should be one of the Tar Heels top targets at the running back position in the 2022 cycle. His speed and acceleration make him a nightmare in space for defenses, especially when he hits the hole and he has strong vision that will allow him to find those cutback lanes with ease. He doesn’t have to be the most physical runner, but he is not afraid to run through contact and does a good job of keeping his legs churning after initial contact. He has the makings to be a three down back at the next level, as he has the ability to catch the football out of the backfield and is also serviceable as a pass protector. It’s hard to argue against the fact that Alston is one of the most complete running backs in the class.
Alston and War Eagles will prepare to play the Creekside Seminoles for the region title next week at home and complete an undefeated season in their region. As for us, we are hoping that we will be able to get a look at Tar Heel wide receiver target Adam Randall and the Myrtle Beach Seahawks in their second round playoff game, but there is unfortunately no guarantee that there will be a stream available. If not, we will adjust, though a find another target or commit to scout.