Cincinnati St. Xavier RB Darius Ashley has been one of the most explosive and exciting playmakers in the state of Ohio the past few seasons. As a sophomore, he broke into national attention with a 1632 yard, 28 TD season that culminated with a state title. St. Xavier and Ashley’s success continued this season with a 10-2 record, with one of the losses being to Lakeland (FL) in the Kirk Herbstreit Challenge.
”Playing against Lakeland was one of the best experiences I have ever had,” Ashley said of the clash with the Dreadnaughts, “I am fortunate to have had that opportunity because not many high school players get to experience that kind of environment. Though we lost, as a player I took a lot away from the game. Lakeland was a great team and I think we proved out on the field what our team was capable of.”
In the end, the Bombers would fall short of a repeat, but now entering his senior season, Ashley is looking to bring a title back to St. Xavier and is also looking to rack up scholarship offers along the way.
Ashley reports scholarship offers from Miami-Ohio, Cincinnati, Northwestern, Virginia and West Virginia and heavy interest from Louisville, Tennessee, NC State, Ohio State and Michigan. He had planned to attend the Wolverines’ junior day, but a prior engagement caused him to miss it. While Ann Arbor is a possible camp destination for the talented back, he still is undecided about his summer plans.
”I am not yet aware of what camps I will be attending," he said. "It will all probably depend on who offers and where I when I visit, things like that.”
The 5-9, 175-lb all purpose back also is hesitant about naming a top five, but does have a good idea of where he is leaning."
”I haven't visited anywhere so I don’t really have a good basis
for my top five choices,” admitted Ashley. “I’m still
very open to anywhere but I do like Louisville, West Virginia, Tennessee, NC
State, and Virginia.”