Transferring during his senior season to play in Washington, D.C. at St. John’s College High and now having his family close by, Ashley is getting a strong push from the Maryland Terrapins as he prepares to make a final decision in late January following his official visit to the Plains.
“Maryland is just about 15-30 minutes away from my house,” Ashley said. “That’s a big thing because it would give the chance for my family to go to the games and that’s a big thing.
“Auburn, it’s just the school period, I love it. It just feels like home period. I have a great relationship with the coaches, players and the fans. It’s just a great feeling.”
That visit to Auburn comes on the weekend of Jan. 20 when a large portion of the 2017 commitments will also be on campus. Planning to be back along with his family, Ashley said he’s just looking forward to getting back to see everyone and everything again.
“It’s just to get back to my place, just to get back to Auburn,” he said of what he wants to see on his visit. “It’s just to have fun and hang around and just get used to the place again. I haven’t been there in a while since I moved. It’s just to kind of renew everything, that’s all.”
One of the keys for Maryland’s push has been the fact that Ashley’s family is so close to the campus. He said right now they plan to either stay in the D.C. area or possibly move back to Florida, but either way the Terrapins have made an impression on him.
“It’s just a great school,” Ashley said. “What they’re doing with their program, it’s going to be big-time. Now they’ve great great facilities and a great coaching staff that just came in. They’re going to turn up big-time.”
Saying he’s “very solid” in his commitment to Auburn at the moment, Ashley said his family making that trip with him on his visit is important because of their knowledge and comfort level of the program.
“They love Auburn,” Ashley said. “Just like me, they love the people and the coaches.”
Ashley will have the opportunity to bond with several Auburn commitments and targets this week at the Under Armour All-American Game including kicker Anders Carlson, fellow offensive lineman Austin Troxell and linebacker Chandler Wooten.