Isaiah Alston, Army’s leading receiver and one of its top playmakers this season, announced Thursday that he’s entering the transfer portal.
Alston had a breakout season in 2021, setting career and team highs with 22 catches, 449 yards and three touchdowns.
“First off, I would like to thank the coaching staff at West Point for believing in me and giving me an opportunity to play at such level,” Alston wrote on Twitter. “I am extremely grateful for relationships I have built with the Army football brotherhood. I would also like to thank my family for being loving and supportive of all of my decisions through this tough journey. With that being said, after endless thought, I have decided to enter the transfer portal with 3 years of eligibility.”
Alston was a matchup problem for opposing defenses at 6-foot-4 and 210 pounds. He caught six passes for 107 yards and two touchdowns including an incredible fourth-down reception against No. 15 Wake Forest. Alston caught a pass in nine straight games to end the season and had two receptions in Army’s game-winning drive against Missouri in the Armed Forces Bowl.
Army continues to lose players to the transfer portal. Sophomore kicker Quinn Maretzki and freshman defensive lineman Khalil Miller announced their departures earlier this week, joining freshman slotback Laquan Veney, sophomore linebacker Keeron Henderson, freshman quarterback Simeon Evans and freshman tight end Danny Joiner.
January 6, 2022 at 8:44 PM
Yikes. This hurts. Legit WR body and talent. Worried this might happen with other sophomores and younger, like the Oline guys that have NFL potential. I remember when the transfer portal was first opened, I thought to myself “we are going to get nobody out of that portal and we are going to bleed our best underclassmen who don’t want to worry about the service commitment.”