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Bluechip Offensive Tackle Calvin Ashley Has Signed with the Auburn Football Tigers

Calvin Ashley, a five-star class of 2017 football prospect, has signed with the Tigers.

Long-time Auburn commitment Calvin Ashley has officially become a member of Coach Gus Malzahn’s 2017 football signee class.

Ashley, a six-foot-six, 310-pound offensive tackle, chose the Tigers as a sophomore following a visit to the Auburn campus for a Big Cat Weekend.

The Under Armour All-American moved to St. John’s College, a high school in Washington, D.C., for his senior season. Previously, he lived in Orlando, Fla.

Rated five stars by, he is ranked as the No. 6 offensive tackle prospect and No. 34 overall prospect in the country. He chose the Tigers over Florida, Florida State, Ohio State, Michigan, Clemson, Penn State, Maryland and others.

Ashley re-confirmed his pledge to the Tigers during an official visit to Auburn in January and noted he is looking forward to playing for Herb Hand, AU’s offensive line coach.

“I have got a great relationship with Coach Hand,” Ashley said. “He is 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.”

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Calvin Ashley was the first member of the 2017 Auburn signee class to choose the Tigers. recruiting analyst Brian Dohn predicts that Ashley could have a chance to contribute as a true freshman. “His impressive film begins with his ability to drive block at the line of scrimmage,” Dohn says. “The offensive tackle keeps his pads low with a nice, flexible knee bend and when he engages on the defender, the rep is over. He pumps his feet and he has the strength to drive the player back. His quick hands enable him to get inside and makes it hard for defensive ends to get off of him.

“Ashley's athleticism allows him to pull from his tackle spot, and also scrape the defensive lineman and get to the second level and hit the linebacker. His reach is an asset, but he does lean sometimes.

“His foot speed and ability to turn his hips allows plays to be designed to run his way on either side. He can turn the defensive end inside and create room on the edge, or he can push the defensive end outside to run between the guard and tackle,” Dohn adds.

“In pass protection, Ashley sits in his base well and he is patient. He has a nice little kick-step and he is measured. His timing in very good in knowing when to punch, and because he can sink his hips and settle into his stance, he plays with balance.”

Coach Herb Hand on Ashley: “We’re certainly real excited about him. Scott Fountain, our tight ends coach, has done a great job of recruiting Calvin. He’s a guy that has been committed to Auburn for a long time. He’s never wavered and he’s been a great recruiter for us. We’re looking forward to getting him in the fold. He’s a guy that is going to provide us with some immediate assistance at our left tackle position and we think he’s got a great future.

"We're going to give him every opportunity and every chance to get into summer camp and show us that he's ready to go. We think from a skill set standpoint, he brings that to the table. In my coaching career, I've had the pleasure of working with five freshman All-Americans. We're looking for the next one."

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