“Coach Mac first started talking with me probably around the end of April, and by the next month he had convinced the LSU staff back in Baton Rouge to offer me,” Ash said.
Since then, the Pahokee three-star lineman has tried to learn as much as he can about the Tiger program.
“I am looking stuff up and asking a lot of questions,” he said. “Before coach Mac came after me, I knew nothing about what LSU had to offer. The more I find out, the more I want to get over there and see the real deal.”
A visit, Ash said, could come as soon as next month.
“A guy that works with our team at school knows the LSU area and coaches well, so he would be the guy I am waiting to get over there with,” he said. “I have been meaning to buzz coach Mac up, so next time I do I am going to tell him that we are ready to make the trip.”
What will Ash be looking for on the campus tour?
“I am going to see if it is an environment that I can run with for four years,” he said. “I have gotten to see the in-state campuses plenty, but I need to see the other one’s as well – and LSU is one of the main schools left.
“I saw Tennessee at a camp not long ago, and it was just alright,” he added. “It was definitely better than I expected, though. Coach [Ed] Orgeron was a real cool guy … someone I could see myself playing under.”
With five officials visits and a summer of unofficial tours ahead of him, however, Ash is in no rush to make the call.
“I still have plenty to find out,” he said. “I like Florida and Florida State, sure. But I still have not even gotten to see a couple of big time campuses, and I am not going to be comfortable making any permanent decision until I take care of that.”