Ashley enjoys Friday visit in The Ville

Darius Ashley, a Scout.com three-star running back, received a scholarship offer from Louisville on Tuesday and made the short trip from Cincinnati for a visit on Friday. How did the unofficial visit go? InsideTheVille.com spoke with Ashley shortly after his return home and has the latest...

With nearly 20 scholarship offers to his name, including his latest from Louisville, Scout.com three-star running back Darius Ashley made the short trip from Cincinnati to the Derby City on Friday for his second unofficial visit with the Cardinal program.

"I actually just got back," Ashley told InsideTheVille.com. "It was a really nice visit and I learned a lot about what they have to offer."

Ashley, who made his first trip to check out the Cardinals in April, explained that this trip strengthened Louisville's chances of eventually gaining his signature next February.


Louisville offered RB Darius Ashley on Tuesday
"My last visit was just from a football aspect of things and I really liked what I saw then, but this time I was able to see a lot more," Ashley said. "I saw different parts of the campus and got to visit some of the different colleges that they have there."

"I plan to major in business and I know that Louisville has one of the top 15 business schools in the country, so it was good to see that part of things this time."

While Ashley told us on Tuesday that academics is a top priority, his latest visit didn't focus solely on U of L's academic opportunities.

"I sat down with all of the offensive coaches and Coach Kragthorpe individually for about 15 minutes each," Ashley said. "They have an offense that involves everybody and they rotate guys in and out, so there is always an opportunity for someone to play."

In addition to his offer from Louisville, Ashley's offer sheet also includes Cincinnati, Illinois, Indiana, Stanford, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.

"This was a really good visit for me, because I really feel like I have better understanding of how I would fit in to the offense and I learned a lot more about the school."

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.


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