Auburn, Ala.--Committed to the Auburn Tigers for almost a full year, five-star offensive tackle Calvin Ashley was back on campus Saturday for the annual A-Day game at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Spending the weekend on the Plains getting to know his future teammates and coaches even better, Ashley said it was another great trip for him.
“It was great,” Ashley said. “Today I experienced Tiger Walk for the first time. It was beautiful with all the fans, it was amazing. And the game, it was great. They had a great defense and the offense was great. They did their things with points today. The team is getting much better. I just can’t wait for more to come in the fall.”
While schools continue to come strong at Ashley, he said as far as he’s concerned his decision is over and done with.
“I’m 110 percent,” Ashley said of his commitment to the Tigers. “I’m going to still take officials. It (the pressure) doesn’t make it that tough because I still know where my heart is at.”
One of the bright spots of the day for Ashley was seeing the offensive line in action. Watching Coach Herb Hand’s guys perform well, he said it was fun to see in person.
“I saw a lot of pancakes today and the technique is great,” Ashley said. “What he does with the offensive line is beautiful.”
While that relationship is one that is still growing, Ashley said his bond with Auburn tight ends and special teams Coach Scott Fountain is the one that is the rock for him. There from the beginning and with him through the coaching change from J.B. Grimes to Hand, Ashley said Fountain has been really important in his recruiting.
“That’s my man,” Ashley said. “That’s one of the best coaches ever. I communicate with him every day. He’s the best coach, he’s amazing.
“It was very important to me,” he added of their bond. “It’s just faithful. I trust him a lot. That speaks for itself.”
Spending his time now recruiting for Auburn, Ashley said one of his top targets on Saturday was fellow offensive tackle and four-star prospect Austin Troxell.
He said he plans to be back on the Plains for Big Cat Weekend.