Orlando, Fla.--On national signing day Auburn Coach Gus Malzahn talked about making a mistake not playing former Tiger lineman Greg Robinson as a true freshman, something he said that doesn’t plan on doing with five-star signee Calvin Ashley.
That’s music to the ears of Ashley, a long-time Auburn commitment who signed with the Tigers in February and plans to make a push to get on the field this fall.
“That’s good,” Ashley said of Malzahn’s words. “I’m going to take every advantage of the opportunity I’ve got. That’s big for me. I want to play my freshman year and hopefully start my freshman year. This summer and fall should be pretty intense.”
Back on campus each of the last two weekends, Ashley has had the opportunity to see the Tigers on the practice field and also during the A-Day game. Paying close attention to the offensive line, he said he’s ready to see what the future holds with the group.
“The offensive line is pretty good,” Ashley said. “It’s solid right now-- just have to see how things go in the season. I have just been paying attention and watching.”
A massive tackle who has the size to be a dominating player at the point of attack but also the athleticism to work well as a pass protector, Ashley said he is training to be ready to go when he gets on campus in late May.
“I’m working on getting more in shape, just dropping some weight,” Ashley said. “I want to get my feet faster and work on my techniques.”
When Ashley arrives on the Plains next month it will be almost two years to the day since he committed. Sticking with the Tigers through a change in offensive line coaches and a move to Washington, D.C., for his senior season when schools such as Maryland made him a top priority, Ashley said it was always Auburn for him.
“It’s just the fan base, the coaches, the players,” Ashley said. “I’m all family with them and I know all of them. It’s just family to me. I love the place.”