5-star OT Calvin Ashley sees lots to like at Florida

They don’t grow them like this very often. Orlando, Florida Dr. Phillips offensive tackle Calvin Ashley stands 6-foot-6, and 330 pounds and has the quickness required of an NFL player at his position. Ashley has yet to enter his senior year of high school and is one of the most coveted prospects in America. He stopped in at Florida all day on Saturday and left liking what he saw.

Getting 5-star Calvin Ashley on campus to see what Florida is all about is a big thing and the Gators were able to lay everything out there for him.

“I really like Florida’s facilities,” Ashley said shortly after the visit. “It’s beautiful. They have a great indoor facility that’s built. It’s nice.”

He’s been to Gainesville before and visited with the Gator staff. This trip he got to spend a great deal more time.

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“It was different,” he said comparing to previous visits. “I’ve been here all day. I got to sit down and talk to the coaches more and go through plays. I got to actually talk to the whole coaching staff individually. It was a great thing to do so I was here with my parents.”

Mike Summers is the offensive line coach at Florida and is well respected in the industry. Summers spent most of the day by Ashley’s side letting him know how important he is to the program. The Gators need tackles, especially big time guys like Ashley.

“He has two tackles right now and they play them young,” Ashley said. “We had nice discussions. Coach Summers is a great coach and he has a lot of guys in the NFL. He’s been coaching for 30 years.

“When me and coach sat down and went through plays. We talked about zones, just talked plays, talked football.”

He also got time with head coach Jim McElwain. McElwain tried to instill in him the new culture they are trying to build in Gainesville, much like the culture of old.

“With Coach Mac we talked about life and football,” Ashley said. “We talked about being here at Florida and the new things they have going. They want to win a national championship.”

Currently committed to Auburn, Ashley has mentioned the ‘family vibe’ on the plains.  He also knows that Gainesville is much closer to home.

“I actually feel (the family vibe), I feel the same vibe,” he said. “It’s a short ride, just an hour and a half away. That is the big thing with my parents… the short ride. So, that is a big part.”

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As far as that commitment, he says that still stands, but leaves the door open for further interpretation and listed the schools that have his attention right now.

“I am still 100% committed to Auburn, but signing day isn’t here yet,” he said. “(I like) Auburn, Florida, Miami, Florida State, and Alabama.”

Two things matter the most to him. Getting on the field as a freshman and getting his degree.

“Playing early… I want to get in and compete,” he said. “That is a big thing along with getting an education at any school I go to.”


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