Washington, D.C.--A longtime Auburn commitment, five-star offensive tackle Calvin Ashley was on campus for his official visit to see the Tigers over the weekend and left firmly sure of his decision to sign with Coach Gus Malzahn’s program on Feb. 1.
“It's been over,” Ashley said of his recruiting. “ I'm done with all of it.
“Recruiting sometimes is very stressful, you know? I love Auburn. I love it. It's a great place. I love the coaching staff.”
Saying he’s not taking any additional visits, Ashley said the only in-home visit he’ll entertain this coming week is with Malzahn.
That comes following his visit to Auburn where he was hosted by offensive lineman Mike Horton. Back on the Plains for the first time since the summer, Ashley said it felt just like it always does when he’s back on campus.
“It was good to be back with my guys and stuff, just have a great time and kick it with them. It was fun
“I haven't been here in awhile,” he added. “So just to hang around with the coaches, it just felt good to be back home.”
In addition to spending time with Horton and the Auburn players, Ashley said it was good to be able to sit down with Coach Herb Hand and just catch up and talk football. Auburn’s offensive line coach, Hand has made a big impact on Ashley since arriving on the job and he said now it’s time to get to work.
“I've got a great relationship with Coach Hand,” Ashley said. “He's a great man. We can talk about anything. Outside of football, he's a great man. He's got a great family, you know? The coaching, he's a great coach. Second-best offensive line in the conference? I saw the plaque on his desk. That's going to be No. 1 next year for sure. The bond with the guys is very strong. I feel like we're doing great things.”
Expected to get a shot to play left tackle for the Tigers, Ashley said that’s something he’s really looking forward to. While Darius James returns, he’s a player that could move to the right side or even to guard if they find the right fit at left tackle. Ashley said knowing he’s got that chance is big for him.
“Take total advantage of it,” he said of his goal. “It's very important. I know Coach Hand is going to give me plenty of opportunities to prove myself. I'm going to work. I'm going to come in working and try to earn a spot. I just can't wait to get here.
I'm very excited for it. I'm trying to work very hard to come in and play early as a true freshman. That's the big for me. I want to make a name for myself early in my career. It'll be good.”
With his recruiting done and the only thing left to sign with the Tigers on signing day, Ashley said he’s looking forward to the next chapter at Auburn.
That will be with a new offensive coordinator at the helm after Chip Lindsey was hired to replace the departed Rhett Lashlee. For Ashley it was all about business and said the page it turned to the future and he’s excited about that.
“Coach Lashlee, he's got to do what's best for him,” Ashley said. “He's a great man. Best of luck to Coach Lashlee. Coach Lindsey just came in, just talked to him. We've got a great relationship. He's a great coach. His background speaks for itself. I can't wait to get back to work here in the summer. It's going to be a great season for Auburn.”