Darius Ashley visiting Louisville?

Darius Ashley is getting close to choosing a college. The three-star prospect from Cincinnati, OH is planning to make one more visit - will it be this weekend? - before making his decision. Is Louisville still the favorite to land the talented running back?

"I haven't spoken with the Louisville coaches yet. I'm supposed to speak with the tonight," Ashley told InsideTheVille.com Wednesday night. "There's a pretty good chance I'm coming down this weekend. I was hoping to make it down for a game but they play on Friday, but I'll probably still come down to get a chance to see the campus and meet with the coaches."

Late last month, Ashley trimmed his list down to two schools: Virginia and Louisville. He's already visited the Caveliers and his trip to Louisville this weekend appears his last before he announces his decision. Assuming the visit to Louisville this weekend happens, how soon can Louisville and Virginia fans expect Ashley to announce his decision?

"I would anticipate one by Wednesday of the following week but at the same time he's an 18 year old kid," said Ashley's coach, Steve Specht. "So that can change with the wind. I've seen that happen too many times with these guys. But I know he's close and I know that he really wants to get it out of the way. I would guess by next Wednesday, but again, he'll be able to give you a better idea on that one."

Specht has told InsideTheVille.com repeatedly over the past two months that the Steve Krathorpe's Cardinals are the team to beat for his standout running back. Does Specht still think Louisville is the team to beat?

"I think they are," he said. "I think they are."

What does Ashley have to say about the subject?

"If I had to pick one I guess I would say Louisville is the leader," Ashley said. "But you really won't know a lot about a college until you get around the players because those are the guys you're going to be around for four years."

Darius Ashley lists Louisville
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Ashley said he's followed Louisville's season closely. Steve Kragthorpe appears a big reason for his interest in U of L.

"He seems like a real genuine guy and that's real important to me. He reminds me a lot of my head coach now in high school," Ashley said. "I've seen their wins and losses. I guess it's a rebuilding year with a first-year head coach and I'm sure everybody is trying to adjust to that. Ultimately wins and losses aren't why I'm going to pick a college. If I was picking a college for those reasons I'd be picking them for the wrong reasons. I want a place where I know I'll be happy for four years even if I wasn't playing football and a place that's going to provide the best opportunity when I graduate."

After missing several games this season with an ankle injury, Ashley finally returned to action two weeks ago. He rushed for 192 yards the past two weeks and seems to be getting closer to full strength these days.

"He's getting close to one hundred percent," Specht said. "The one thing this specific injury has done to him is he can't accelerate from a dead stop. That's where he has the most pain. Once he gets going he's fine. He's the old Darius. Once he can accelerate from a dead stop he'll be 100 percent. And he's close. He's just not there yet."

"My ankle is getting better," Ashley said. "I was about 80-85 percent last week. We're getting pretty close to 100 percent now. Hopefully I can improve on what I've done the last two weeks."

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