Darius Ashley hoping for a preseason decision

Cincinnati St. Xavier running back Darius Ashley made a pair of unofficial visits to Louisville this spring and picked up a scholarship offer from the Cardinals in the process. InsideTheVille.com spoke with the three-star prospect and has the latest...

Cincinnati St. Xavier running back Darius Ashley's future college decision becomes more difficult with each passing week. The 5-foot-9, 185-pound three-star prospect continues to draw interest and scholarship offers from programs from throughout the country.

"I have about 25 now," Ashley said of his current offer sheet. "I think Boston College and Wisconsin are the two most recent ones."

Louisville joined the list of offers in late May, just two days prior to Ashley making his second unofficial visit during the spring.

"I really liked Louisville a lot when I went down there for a visit," Ashley said.

While he admits to being impressed by what the Cardinals program has to offer, Ashley has yet to form a short list of favorites and explains that he hopes to visit a number of others that have already extended scholarship offers during the summer months.

"I really don't have any favorites right now. I still need to make some more visits so I can be sure that I give myself a fair look at all the schools."

His senior season, which comes with high hopes of reclaiming state title, is slated to kick off in late August and the star back hopes to have his college choice out of the way before it begins.

"I'd like to commit before the season starts," Ashley said. "Our goal is to win the state championship again and I want to be able to focus on 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.

"Right now I'm working out four times a week," Ashley said. "I work out with my team three times a week and then one day a week I work out with a speed trainer."

Cincinnati St. Xavier will participate in the Skyline Chili Crosstown Shootout to open its season on August 25 at the University of Cincinnati's Nippert Stadium. ESPN will broadcast Ashley's team's second outing of the year, when they face Dematha (Mary.) High School in the Kirk Herbstreit Challenge on September 2, also at Nippert Stadium.


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