Miami has landed a transfer commitment from former Marshall defensive end Elijah Alston.

The 6-foot-2, 256-pound edge player spent five seasons with the Thundering Herd. After a redshirt season in 2019, he made 42 career appearances from 2020-23. Alston has played in every game for The Herd over the last three seasons with 19 starts. He has one season of eligibility remaining.

Alston had briefly been committed to Texas A&M earlier in the week before re-opening his recruitment.

In 2021, Alston tallied 34 tackles, six tackles for loss, three sacks, and two forced fumbles. In 2022, he added another 23 tackles with 1.5 TFLs and two pass breakups.

This past season, he was one of the very best defenders at the Group of Five level. He posted 45 tackles, 11.5 TFLs, six sacks, three pass breakups, two forced fumbles, and an interception returned for a touchdown. He also had 37 total quarterback pressures.

Pro Football Focus handed him a 91.2 overall defensive grade — the second-best among G5 edge players and the third-best among all qualified G5 defenders, regardless of position. His 90.9 grade as a pass-rusher was also the 11th-best among qualified G5 defenders.

Alston can move, evidenced by the 84-yard pick-six he had in Marshall’s fourth game of the season.

Alston becomes the third transfer addition for Miami along the defensive front, joining former NC State defensive tackle CJ Clark and Middle Tennessee State’s

three coming on the defensive line. NC State’s C.J. Clark and Middle Tennessee State’s Marley Cook. He’s the seventh known transfer pledge overall.