Weekend visit for Darius Ashley?

Darius Ashley, a Scout.com three-star running back prospect from Cincinnati St. Xavier, added a scholarship offer from Louisville to his already lengthy list on Tuesday. InsideTheVille.com spoke with Ashley and has the latest, including news of a possible weekend visit to the Derby City.

One of the hottest prospects in the region, Cincinnati St. Xavier running back Darius Ashley added yet another scholarship on Tuesday.

"I have about 20 now," Ashley said of his current scholarship count. "Louisville just offered and Stanford offered a few days ago."

The Scout.com three-star prospect kept a busy spring schedule, making a handful of unofficial visits, including a trip south to check out Steve Kragthorpe's Cardinals in April.

"I went down there to watch them practice," he said. "It was nice, I really liked it."

With the new offer in hand, Ashley informed InsideTheVille.com that he'll be making a return trip this weekend. He also plans to visit Illinois, Virginia and West Virginia this summer.

"I'm going back down to Louisville on Friday," Ashley said. "I'm going to talk to the coaches, look at the facilities and things like that."

The 5-foot-9, 185-pound back has rushed for over 3,000 yards and nearly 50 touchdowns the past seasons, helping St. Xavier win the state championship as a sophomore and a 10-2 record last fall. He had early plans to attend a number of camps in next month, but that has changed as his scholarship list continued to grow.

"I'm not going to go anywhere for camps," Ashley said. "I've received offers from just about everywhere I have visited already, so I don't really need to go to the camps as well."

Ashley has no set timetable for making his college decision, but does have an idea what criteria he'll be looking for when the time does come.

"Academics is first and foremost," Ashley said. "I really want to look into what each school has to offer in what I want to study. I know that I want to do something with business, so I'll look into that. I also want to see how I will fit into the team's offense and what the depth chart is like."

A short list of favorites will have to wait, as Cincinnati, Illinois, Louisville, Michigan, Northwestern, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia are among those that have grabbed Ashley's early interest.

"I could say that I have narrowed it down, but it would still eight or so schools," Ashley said. "As soon as I feel comfortable with one place I'll make my decision."


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