Ashburn looks forward to the process

John Curtis Christian is known for breeding some of Louisiana's top talent year in and year out. The 2010 recruiting season will be no different, and one of the headliners is River Ridge-native Walker Ashburn.

As a junior, Ashburn played a key role in the Patriots’ Class 2A state championship run that ended with another ring for headman J.T. Curtis.


The six-foot-three, 250-pound defensive end finished the year with 89 tackles and 11 sacks.


Ashburn is stocking up on letters from across the country, the most recent coming in the handwritten form.


"I have been getting a lot of letters lately," Ashburn said. "LSU and Alabama are sending me handwritten letters, sometimes as often as twice a week. I camped at both schools over the summer, and I really like what both programs have to offer."


After camping with the Tide last summer, Ashburn is holding Tuscaloosa in high regard.


"I really like coach [Nick] Saban," Ashburn said. "I like Alabama because of him. Then when I camped with them, I had a great time. I like their stability and how they practice. I feel like I hung in and did pretty well during the camp."


As for schools in the Pelican State, the River Ridge-native said that the Tigers will always be on his mind.


"I will always look at LSU, even if I don't think I will get a shot at playing early," Ashburn said. "I think I could probably play by my junior year if I go to LSU. In the end, I think I will go to the place that I can play. Not sit the bench for three years and then get to start.”


As for other schools, the Curtis standout is getting interest from schools across the map.


"I like Auburn a lot as well," Ashburn added. "They have a lot of older guys across the line right now, and I would be in a good situation if I were to go there.


"I also have been hearing from UCLA," he added. "Handwritten letters and things like that. They have been sending a lot of stuff, so the interest is definitely there. I also have always liked Louisiana Tech, because their coaching staff is amazing. And Illinois has been recruiting me pretty hard, because we are family friends with coach [Ron] Zook. My father works for the Saints, and I knew coach Zook when he was working there with my dad."


Ashburn knows that all he can do now is improve, hoping to continue to raise his stock as he enters his senior season.


"I have been studying film a lot more now," Ashburn said. "I feel like it has given me a lot better feel for the game, because when the ball is snapped I can already call the play out in my head. I am also a lot stronger and faster than I was last season, despite gaining 45 pounds."


As for how he projects on the college level, Ashburn feels the camps over the summer will set his position in place.


"At Curtis we run a 52 defense," Ashburn said. "We are always down in the four-point stance. So when I was at the camps over the summer, I was in the three point stance a lot. I was really tearing things up at defensive end. I know our defense in high school is good for how we play, but I can't play defensive tackle in college. I will be playing defensive end, possibly outside linebacker."

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