Versatile DB Weighs Cyclone Offer

A Florida high school cornerback from Jacksonville has a pair of scholarship offers, including one from Iowa State, and is now talking about scheduling an official visit to Ames.

"Coach (Chris) Ash called me this week to get a visit set up for the first or second week in December, so I can get up there and see how I like it," said First Coast High School defensive back Augustus Ashley.

The Cyclones are showing a lot of interest in Ashley, a 5-foot-11, 185-pounder who recently finished his senior season with five interceptions. Unfortunately, he won't get to build on that number because his team narrowly missed the playoffs after an 8-2 regular season.

"We had a pretty good season," he said. "We didn't make it to the playoffs, because we lost two district games. But this was the best season we've ever had. We should have made it to the playoffs, but there were some pretty tough teams in our district."

Ashley now has his sights set on a Division I career. He says ISU and The Citadel have offered scholarships, while Central Florida, Wake Forest and Vanderbilt are recruiting him heavily.

"I like Iowa State's football program," he said. "I haven't been up there to see the school, but from what I'm hearing about the football program and academics, I really like it. Coach Ash says I have a good chance to play, and just have to go up there and show them how I can play. I have a good chance to at least play on special teams my first year."

When asked to evaluate his strengths as a defensive back, Ashley replied, "I am real disciplined at cornerback, and usually don't get beat and know how to break on the ball pretty good. I can come up and jam, too, so I'm pretty versatile."

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