TRUMBULL >> With his collegiate plans still uncertain, Hyde/Career/Whitney Tech guard Latrell Alston is relishing the opportunity to compete on the football field one more time.
Alston will don a Team Nutmeg uniform and play against Team Constitution in the Super 100 All-Star game, scheduled for Saturday night at 6 at Rentschler Field.
“It’s really special, to be honest,” Alston said. “It’s a big deal for me because, honestly, everything is up in the air right now, so just to have another game really means a lot to me.”
Alston was accepted at all seven schools he applied to, including Plymouth State and Framingham State. But the financial obligation was too much and Alston’s post-high school plans are still in limbo.
“I’m still trying to figure out whether I am going to go the community college route or go into the workforce and figure something out to do. The financial part was really the deal breaker for me.”
Hyde coach Brandon McCormick says Alston may end up at Southern Connecticut State or Gateway CC.
“(The fall) is probably out as far as football for him,” McCormick said. “It’s too bad. He’s a good kid and a good football player. It just came down to a financial situation for him.”
Hyde linebacker Ralik Garvins joins Alston on the Team Nutmeg roster.
“It’s really special because I know that me and him are going to different chapters of our lives,” Garvins said. “But, playing this one last game is going to be fun. We both worked hard these past few weeks. I’m really rooting for him to do well, and I know he’s rooting for me to do well.”
Alston and Garvins will be the final two to play under the Hyde name. As of July 1, the school will be known as Cortland VR Creed. The football team will be called Creed/Career/Whitney Tech.
Hyde won four state titles as a solo program. It became a cooperative program with Career and Whitney Tech this past season. Hyde will move from the Shoreline Conference to the SCC starting this fall.
“With the name change, it’s kind of like one chapter is ending and another one is opening up,” Alston said. “The name holds a lot weight, but the fact that the name is going to be changing, and a lot of things are going on, is kind of like a new chapter for the school.”
Team Nutmeg coach Joe DellaVecchia has been impressed with both Alston and Garvins. Alston made three sacks, an interception, recovered a fumble and blocked a field goal as a senior, while Garvins recorded 44 tackles, two sacks and two interceptions.
“They’ve been a pleasant surprise,” DellaVecchia said. “Good players. Very disciplined; good work ethic.”
The all-star game is an opportunity for the duo to play with and against those from other conferences.
“I’m looking forward to it,” Garvins said. “I didn’t really get a chance to play against some of the other schools. It’s going to be interesting.”
Garvins will play at Western Conn. State in the fall.
“WCSU was the one he visited and felt comfortable with,” McCormick said. “He has a great opportunity to go up there.”