Before heading to Charlottesville last weekend, Ashley's high school coach, Steve Specht, told InsideTheVille.com that Louisville's lead over Virginia was sizable. Is that still the case after his star players visit to Virginia?
"Yeah, I think," Specht said. "He had a great visit to Virginia. He really enjoyed his visit there and I think that's why he wants to take the visit to Louisville. He wants to be able to see both and be fair to himself to be able to see the atmosphere at Louisville games and visit the campus when the student body is (there) so that he can make a better decision."
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"I know Coach Kragthorpe's coming in this weekend, Friday to be specific," Specht said. "He's going to come in this Friday and talk to Darius. Darius wants to set up and do an official with Louisville now. So I'm trying to get a hold of Coach Cassity to find out exactly when he can do that. Then I think he's going to pull the trigger after that."
Louisville travels to NC State this weekend before returning home to play Utah at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium Oct. 5. That could be the weekend Ashley checks out the Cardinals.
Though Louisville has gotten off to a slow start, dropping their last two games, Specht said he doesn't think that will have any effect on Ashley's decision.
"I don't think that wins and losses are really factoring into Darius' decision," Specht said. "His decision is going to be based on where he feels most comfortable, and that's going to play into the coaching staff and I do know that he really likes the staff at Louisville. He wants to study business and that's very important to him.
"So I think wins and losses are immaterial. That's going to change and waver from year to year. And Louisville is going to be just fine and he knows that."
Ashley returned to the field last Friday for the first time since spraining his ankle in St. Xavier's first game. In that game against Indianapolis Bishop Chatard, Ashley gained 103 yards on 13 carries and scored a pair of touchdowns.
"He looked great," Specht said. "He makes a difference. He just lights it up. He looked like the Darius of old. He made some runs where he hit, spun, moved. So he's back. He's not 100 percent, but he looked really good Friday night."