RB Albert Ashcraft
6-3, 190, 4.5
Monroe High School
Monroe, North Carolina
"I'm calling Coach O'Cain tomorrow to tell him that I'm committing to Clemson," Monroe running back and North Carolina native Albert Ashcraft told CUTigers.com on Thursday afternoon.
"They want me as a running back, and I'm just ready to get this whole process over with," added Ashcraft. "Our season ended in the second round of the playoffs not too long ago. I was going to call him today, but it looks like I'm going to do it tomorrow now."
The Tigers have beaten out the North Carolina Tar Heels for his services, not to mention the South Carolina Gamecocks, and also the Tennessee Volunteers.
"Tennessee is starting to recruit me harder now, and I'm thinking about them a little bit more," stated Ashcraft. "They haven't offered me or anything yet, but they are trying to make a push. I'm looking forward to calling Coach O'Cain though."
Ashcraft could play any one of a number of positions at Clemson, including running back or free safety. He insists however, that Coach O'Cain wants him as a running back for now.
"Yeah, they want me as a running back. I'll just be excited to get down there."
Ashcraft is the first running back commitment for the Tigers in the 2004 class, and also the first verbal commitment from the state of North Carolina.
"I just felt really comfortable with the coaching staff, and that made the difference in the end."
Incidentally, Coach O'Cain was also instrumental in picking up the services of QB C.J. Gaddis last season out of Hoke County, North Carolina. Gaddis was considered by most services to be the top ranked recruit in the 2003 class.
We will continue to keep you updated on Albert Ashcraft, right up through signing day 2004.
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