Kragthorpe visits Darius Ashley

Louisville commit Darius Ashley capped his high school career with a record-setting performance, rushing 36 times for a Division 1 state-finals record 271 yards and scored two touchdowns in St. Xavier's 27-0 state championship win over Mentor (OH) last weekend. St. Xavier finished the season a perfect 15-0 and ranked No. 2 nationally by ESPN.

Louisville commit Darius Ashley capped his high school career with a record-setting performance, rushing 36 times for a Division 1 state-finals record 271 yards and scored two touchdowns in St. Xavier's 27-0 state championship win over Mentor (OH) last weekend. St. Xavier finished the season a perfect 15-0 and ranked No. 2 nationally by ESPN.

Ashley, 5'9, 195, broke the state finals record set by Cincinnati Colerain's Dominick Goodman, who rushed for 259 yards in 2004 championship game.

"He's as good as anybody that I've coached or seen at this level," Specht said. "I think he's going to have a huge impact at Louisville when he gets there. He's a natural and a worker. He's a great kid."

"That was my last high school football game and I don't think the high from that game will ever go away," Ashley said. "It was great to end my career like that. Ultimately, I just wanted to win but everything else that came with it – the rushing record and everything else that happened - was great."

Thursday night, Louisville coach Steve Kragthorpe made a two-hour in-home visit with Ashley.

"It was fine. It went great," Ashley said. "We really didn't talk about much football. I know everything from an academic and an athletics standpoint. It was just a chance for him to meet my family and get comfortable with them."

Ashley said he still hasn't set a date for his official visit to Louisville. Ashley says that he intends to coordinate his official visit with teammates Stephon Ball and Greg Scruggs.

"Stephon, Greg and I are probably all taking an official visit together," Ashley said. "I don't know if Louisville is going to offer Stephon but they are recruiting him and Coach Kragthorpe said he likes what he sees out of him. We're hoping to get an offer for him because all three of us want to attend school together."


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