Orlando, Fla.-- As of now there is no doubting where Class of 2017 five-star offensive tackle Calvin Ashley stands in his commitment to the Auburn Tigers following his visit for the Iron Bowl over the weekend. Despite schools from all over the country continuing to come hard after him, the Dr. Phillips High standout said he’s all Auburn at the moment.
“I’m 100 percent committed to Auburn. There’s no number two,” Ashley said after being
asked which schools trailed the Tigers for his signature. “There is a number one. It’s Auburn.
That’s it. I love Auburn. I really do.”
Ashley seems to be settled on his choice of university having been firmly committed to
the Tigers since his trip to campus for Big Cat Weekend in May. This weekend was Ashley’s first opportunity to see the Iron Bowl in person, and the junior walked away impressed with the atmosphere and intensity of the rivalry.
“It was very packed,” Ashley pointed out about Jordan-Hare Stadium. “It was my first game there (in Auburn). It was a great atmosphere. The Iron Bowl is one of the best games you will ever come to. It was great.”
The game didn’t go the way Ashley hoped, but he sees a much better future on the horizon for Auburn with him involved as part of the offensive line in the future.
“It was a pretty good game until the end,” said Ashley. “It got really intense throughout the game so when I come it’s going to be here again. I’m ready. I’m ready for it.”
Ashley also realizes that the Tigers’ season has not gone as expected, but he believes that the current members of the team, the incoming players, and the coaching staff can turn things around quickly after a season of near misses throughout the year.
“It was a pretty tough season,” noted Ashley. “They stayed (close) with a lot of teams except LSU, but it was a good season for them. They finished alright.”
Ashley is excited about the early opportunities he’s have to play under Head Coach Gus
Malzahn, Offensive Coordinator Rhett Lashlee, and Offensive Line Coach J.B. Grimes. A staff that he’s grown very close to since his visits last summer, Ashley said Grimes is someone in particular that he has complete trust in.
“Coach Grimes plays all of his players, even the third string guys,” remarked Ashley on
the Tigers’ depth at offensive line. “He plays them and they get in the game. It’s big for me. That
really pushes (my commitment).”
Ashley is close friends with another Auburn commit and Florida high school player, 2016 four-star quarterback Woody Barrett. Making the unofficial visit along with Barrett, Ashley said his future teammate is excited about getting his career started on the Plains.
“I’ve known (Woody) since I was a kid,” Ashley said. “He’s a good guy. He’s a great quarterback. I can’t wait to get a block for him. It’s going to be good.”
Ashley said he does plan to take his official visits next season, but he wants to focus on school and family during his senior year of high school. He plans to visit Auburn again in January.