The biggest recruiting weekend of the year hasn't even started officially for Nebraska, but the Huskers have already picked up a verbal commitment.

David Alston, a 6-foot-5, 225-pound outside linebacker from Woodbury, Minnesota, announced his pledge Friday morning on Twitter.

Rivals lists Alston as the top 2018 player in Minnesota, while 247Sports/Scout lists him at No. 6.

Alston, a consensus three-star prospect, is NU's first football commitment since St. Louis wide receiver Cameron Brown re-committed two months ago.

Alston is the 11th member of the Huskers' 2018 recruiting class, which is expected to eventually number about 18. The Huskers first offered him in April and he was on campus for the Sept. 16 loss to Northern Illinois. 

Alston has played both standing up as a rush end or outside linebacker and from a down stance in Woodbury's defense this season.

Below are his midseason highlights and here's a link to his junior year highlights:

Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown (School) Stars (247 Sports composite)
Joshua Moore WR 6'1" 168 Yoakum, Texas ****
Mario Goodrich ATH 6'2" 180 Lee's Summit, Mo. (Lee's Summit West) ****
Cameron Jurgens ATH 6'4" 245 Beatrice ****
Brendan Radley-Hiles DB 5'9" 176 Bradenton, Fla. (IMG Academy) ****
Chase Williams CB 6'1" 175 Corona, Calif. (Eleanor Roosevelt) ****
Cameron Brown WR 6'1" 175 St. Louis (Christian Brothers) ****
Will Farniok OL 6'3" 260 Sioux Falls, S.D. (Washington) ***
Masry Mapieu DT 6'5" 300 York ***
Tate Wildeman DE 6'6" 245 Parker, Colo. (Legend) ***
Barret Pickering K 6'0" 185 Hoover, Ala. NA
David Alston DE/OLB 6'5" 225 Woodbury, Minn. ***

Contact the writer at pgabriel@journalstar.com or 402-473-7439. On Twitter @HuskerExtraPG.

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Parker joined the Journal Star as the University of Nebraska football beat writer in August 2017. He previously covered Montana State athletics for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle and graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 2012.

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