Corral Conversations: Robert Ash

Cosumnes Oaks HS DE Robert Ash (Elk Grove, CA) signed with Boise State as a member of the 2011 recruiting class and is working hard in preparation for his arrival on campus in June. With summer workouts fast approaching, Ash has turned it up a notch and is eager to begin his career on The Blue. He spoke to BroncoCountry.com and gave us a quick update on his progress.

Cosumnes Oaks HS DE Robert Ash (Elk Grove, CA) signed with Boise State as a member of the 2011 recruiting class and is working hard in preparation for his arrival on campus in June. With summer workouts fast approaching, Ash has turned it up a notch and is eager to begin his career on The Blue.

"I'm anxious right now," he said. "I'm just trying to get my body and mind-set straight before college. I do some weightlifting during school and a lot of cardio stuff during the week as well. On Saturdays, I do some drills that the coaches gave me. It's pretty challenging."

DE or DT? That has been a hot topic of debate among Bronco fans since Ash (6'3, 260, 4.8) signed his LOI with Boise State in February.

"It's hard to say right now. I'd say D-end if I had to guess," he said. "I'm up to 260 and I could end up getting too big for D-end, but we'll have to wait and see. Right now, I'm not sure I'm big enough to play D-tackle, so I'd say D-end for now."

On March 1st, Marcus Rios committed to Boise State and became the first 2012 recruit to pull the trigger in favor of the Blue and Orange. With Ash and Rios being good friends, they're thrilled to have the opportunity to play together on the college level.

"A lot of people say they'll never get outworked, but he (Rios) means it," said Ash. "He's very humble, ultra-fast, and an overall great player. I just feel blessed to know that we can play together in college."

The future Bronco verbally committed to Boise State in June of 2010, but that didn't stop other schools from recruiting him as if he was wide open. Looking back, he says the recruiting process was fun, but stressful as well.

"The recruiting process is stressful, but it's a great time. It's stressful since your name is always in the news and everyone is wondering what school you're going to pick," he said. "A school like UCLA coming in at the end can make it more difficult, but I was happy and knew where I wanted to go. When I committed, I knew I was going to commit and stay there."

Cosumnes Oaks HS opened its doors in August of 2008. Head Coach Ryan Gomes had to build the program from scratch and to say it hasn't been easy would be an understatement. They had no alumni, band, or even a stadium for that matter in the early going. The whole mind-set of the program has changed in just a few short years as they now expect to compete for the division title year-in and year-out.

"It's been hard building it up," he stated. "Coach Gomes is one of those one in a million coaches that will do anything for his students. We had a vision back during sophomore year and we pushed ourselves to achieve it. We had to build it on our own. We didn't even have a mascot for a few weeks. Looking back, I'd say we reached our goal."

As a senior, Ash racked up 10 sacks and 76 tackles.

BroncoCountry.com will continue to have updates on Robert Ash.


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