Ashby Talks ECU Offer

Class of 2017 recruit Rayshard Ashby has two offers, East Carolina was the last school to official offer the linebacker. IES caught up with Ashby to hear the latest on his recruiting process.

Rayshard Ashby, out of Lloyd C. Bird High School (Chesterfield, Va.), visited East Carolina just weeks ago when the Pirates hosted Virginia Tech. Ashby choose this game strategically as he currently has two offers: ECU and Virginia Tech.

“I saw the stadium, field and the surrounding campus,” said Ashby. “It’s good that they can show they can play against big schools and they can play with anybody and that’s good.”

While those are the only two schools to have officially offered the 5-foot-11, 215-pound linebacker, he said he is also in contact with Indiana, Maryland, Michigan State and Wake Forest.

With a lot of schools to look at Ashby said that he will take his time in his recruiting process and look at each of the schools. With a visit to ECU already under his belt Ashby already has a good feeling with the Pirates.

“I like their campus,” Ashby explained. “Their coaching staff is real cool and they’re a really good staff. I like the way they play with a chip on their shoulder and they play hard always, no matter who their playing against.”

With his visit to ECU and knowledge of the school Ashby said that his current interest in ECU is a seven or eight on a ten-point scale.

Throughout the game on his visit at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium he watched the defense and believes that his skillset would fit in perfectly.

“My strengths are reading the play,” Ashby explained. “Playing sideline to sideline, getting to the ball quick and being able to get off blocks… I like the way they get to the ball and how they play their linebackers so I could see myself playing there in their defense.”

Ashby said that the competitive level that ECU plays at is a positive factor when breaking down the program but said he has other factors that he is looking at.

“The factors I’ll be looking at is the coaching staff,” Ashby said first. “Also how early I can get on the field and how good the academic side is because I would like to major in business and marketing.”

With a lot of time left at Lloyd C. Bird High Ashby that is where he is really focused at this point. The Skyhawks are off to a 6-0 record and Ashby is a the center of their defense with 56 tackles, 10 for a loss, seven sacks and one forced fumble.

“It’s all a blessing from God,” Ashby said. “I really appreciate it, I’m just going to keep working my hardest and doing everything and proving to people that I can play at the next level.”

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