Orlando, Fla.--One of the top offensive line prospects in the country for the 2017 recruiting class, tackle Calvin Ashley has been committed to the Auburn Tigers since before his junior season at Dr. Phillips High School. Undergoing shoulder surgery late in the season and now on the road to recovery, Ashley said for him things are in place to have a strong final year before he heads to the Plains.
“Everything is good,” Ashley said. “I had surgery (last week of December) and I have four months of rehab. I’ll be good to go as a senior.”
Ashley said that final season will be a tune-up for him as he hopes to challenge for a starting position right away for the Tigers. He said that is something he considered when choosing Auburn with the Tigers looking to restock the roster at his position. “It was very important,” Ashley said. “I don’t want to redshirt or anything. I want to get in and grind for a position and I want to start. I really want to compete for a starting position.”
Calvin Ashley, a six-foot-six, 310 junior is one of four highly-rated commitments for AU's 2017 signee class.
The chance for early playing time wasn’t close to the top reason Ashley chose Auburn, however. His comfort level on the Plains is a big deal. Already very familiar with the coaching staff and campus before his commitment after Big Cat Weekend last spring, Ashley said it had everything to do with how he felt about his future home.
“I just love it,” Ashley said. “The coaches are really nice. The school is really nice. It’s a good football program. Auburn is a nice place and it’s different, it really is. It’s like a family around there.
“I didn’t want to be a follower and go to other schools, I wanted to make a name for myself at a different school,” he added. “I brought my whole family up there and it was surprising. I committed and nobody knew. It was very surprising to them.”
Part of what is already a strong start to the 2017 class, Ashley is very familiar with many of the guys on Auburn’s roster right now as well as the guys who will be signing in February. Those relationships are a strong bond for Ashley and he said makes the transition much easier for him when the time comes.
“That’s nice,” Ashley said. “I’ve got people I know and it’s amazing. People I grew up with I’ll be playing with in college. That’s nice.”