5-Star Talks Football, Food, Fishing & Fun

Bluechip class of 2017 football recruit Calvin Ashley talks about his weekend hanging out in Auburn where he plans to play for the Tigers.

Orlando, Fla.--Although he is already rated five stars by Scout.com and ranked as the nation’s number one offensive tackle prospect for the 2017 football signee class, Calvin Ashley seems far from satisfied as he heads into his junior season.

“I am working on getting stronger and faster,” he told Inside the Auburn Tigers. “Even though I am an offensive lineman I want to run my 40 faster. Really, I am just working on getting better at everything as a player.”

Ashley, an Auburn commitment, spent the weekend on the Plains hanging out with future teammates and coaches as well as talking with other recruits. It was a lot more laid-back event compared to a recent trip he made across the country to Oregon for The Opening, a camp that features top prospects from coast to coast.

“The Opening was the best experience I ever had,” Ashley said. “I competed against a lot of top players. I won some reps, I lost some reps. I just want to get better and that should help me.”

While attending a cookout and taking a tour of campus, Ashley said he talked to other prospects about why he “loves” Auburn. One of the players he talked to, class of 2016 wide receiver Marquis McClain from Crestview, Fla., High, decided to commit to the Tigers on Saturday just several hours after class of 2017 running back Alaric Williams chose Auburn.

“I tell the recruits about how the school is and my experiences with it,” said Ashley, who called himself “100 percent committed” to the Tigers.. “Obviously, the football team is doing great things.”

Ashley made the trip to Auburn with fellow AU commitment Daquan Newkirk (left), who is also from Orlando.

The six-foot-six, 310-pounder from Dr. Phillips High said he plans to be back in Auburn for several games this fall with the Auburn-Alabama contest already on the schedule.

Ashley said he enjoyed his tour of Jordan-Hare Stadium where he checked out the new south end zone scoreboard and video board, which is expected to be completed in time for the home opener vs. Jacksonville State. “The stadium with the new big jumbotron is going to be amazing,” he said. “That thing is going to be loud.”

Ashley has already developed a friendship with one of Auburn’s current offensive tackles, redshirt junior Avery Young, a returning starter who is known on the team for his passion for fishing.

The prospect noted he didn’t have any fishing skills prior to an outing with Young who gave him some tips. Lashley managed to catch one bream while Young landed a large stringer of bass and bream.

“I have the basics down pat now so when I come back next time I will catch more,” said Ashley, who noted he had a great time fishing with Young. “Avery is a good person,” he added. "It was a lot of fun and so was the picnic and the other things we did."

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