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)
David Alston* DE/OLB 6-5 225 Woodbury, Minn. ***
Greg Bell* RB 6-0 200 Yuma, Ariz. (Arizona Western CC) ***
Willie Canty III* OL 6-6 290 Belle Glade, Fla. (Glades Central) ***
Braxton Clark* CB 6-3 188 Orlando, Florida (Dr. Phillips) ***
Will Farniok* OL 6-3 260 Sioux Falls, S.D. (Washington) ***
Will Honas* LB 6-2 225 El Dorado, Kan. (Butler CC) ***
Andre Hunt* WR 6-0 175 Lancaster, Calif. (Paraclete) ***
Cam'ron Jones* S 6-0 184 Mansfield, Texas ****
Miles Jones* RB 5-9 170 Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (American Heritage) ****
Cameron Jurgens* ATH 6-4 245 Beatrice ****
Katerian Legrone* TE 6-3 230 Atlanta (BEST Academy) ***
Adrian Martinez* QB` 6-2 205 Fresno, California (Clovis West) ****
Justin McGriff* WR 6-6 210 Tampa, Florida (Jefferson ***
Barret Pickering* K 6-0 185 Hoover, Ala. ***
Casey Rogers* DE 6-5 240 Avon, Conn. (Old Farms) ***
C.J. Smith* S 6-3 193 West Palm Beach, Fla. (Oxbridge Academy) ****
Caleb Tannor* OLB 6-3 225 Lithonia, Ga. (Miller Grove) ****
Cam Taylor* ATH/DB 6-0 196 Montgomery, Ala. (Park Crossing) ***
Maurice Washington* RB 6-1 190 Cedar Hill, Texas (Trinity Christian) ****
Dominick Watt* WR 6-1 200 Hollywood, Fla. (Miramar) ***
Tate Wildeman* DE 6-6 245 Parker, Colo. (Legend) ***
Deontai Williams* S 6-0 170 Ellisville, Mississippi (Jones County JC) ***
Mike Williams* WR 5-10 175 Scooba, Miss. (East Mississippi CC) ***
Jaron Woodyard* ATH 5-11 175 Yuma, Ariz. (Arizona Western CC) ***
*signed

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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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