I figured it out. It was a combination of a bad pot, and the my inexperience with drive pedal sweeps. . The Alpha pot was an older version,newer ones are so much smoother and better build qualities. Oddly enough, hooked up to an ohm meter it seemed fine but not until I tried a new pot was I able to hear the difference. The casing was loose and the sweep was not smooth. In addition, the sweep on the pedal is a bit odd to me, I did compare it with an old Japanese Ds-1 and it is exactly the same. Its a really nice and easy pedal to build, I think I will order another one.
Thanks for your help everyone!!