Football recruiting diary

High school athletes around the country with varying degrees of interest in the Minnesota Gophers program talk about their summer plans and which schools are making the biggest push for their services in 2005.

La. DT names a leader
by Sonny Shipp of, May 27, 2004 at 9:07pm ET

Hahnville (La.) defensive tackle Rashad Roussel is the sixth rated prospect overall in Louisiana and one of the best at his position in the South. The 6-2, 265-pounder, who made first team All-State as a junior, is tremendously quick off the ball and is strong enough to overpower larger offensive linemen. Roussel has 10 offers to date, but six schools stand tall above the others.

"I like West Virginia (offer), Oklahoma State (offer), LSU, Miami, Florida and Mississippi State (offer)," Roussel said. "I'd say Oklahoma State is my leader. I just like coach (OSU defensive line coach Terry) Dailey a lot. I feel like I can talk to him about anything. He's a cool cat."

Minnesota and Michigan State have also offered him a scholarship, but he lists those two schools of low interest to him.

Walker Ashley Has Four Offers
by Mike Frank of, May 26, 2004 at 8:51am ET

Eden Prairie, Minn. is home to Walker Ashley. The 6-4, 280-pound Ashley already has four offers under his belt and a host of schools still recruiting him.

Walker Ashley had an impressive junior season. "I had 74 tackles and 10 sacks," said Ashley. "Penn State, Minnesota, Oregon and Ohio State have offered me so far."

Besides his four offers, plenty of schools are also recruiting Ashley. "Notre Dame, USC, LSU, North Carolina State, Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, Oklahoma and UCLA are some of them," said Ashley.

Ashley said he plans to attend three camps this summer. "I'm going to Minnesota, USC and Ohio State camp this summer," he said.

A decision could come soon for Ashley. "I'd like to make a decision before my season," he said. "I'm not sure I'll be able to do that. The academics will be important to me. Football only lasts so long. I'll look at playing time and the depth chart as well."

Ashley said he did not know what his core GPA is at this point and scored a 19 on his ACT.

Cincinnati Elder Athlete Getting Noticed
by Craig Schwieterman of, May 25, 2004 at 10:26am ET

Cincinnati Elder is slowly becoming one of the best programs in Ohio. They've always been up there, but lately they've been making a surge to get over that hill to the next level. With back-to-back Div I (big school) titles, they're close.

Craig Carey was a big reason they won the gold last season. The 6-4, 225-pound super athlete lined up at TE last season but is planning on making the transition to QB this year to replace soon-to-be Dayton Flyer Rob Florian.

Carey is planning on going to quite a few camps this summer, and that will only help his recruiting. He's already turning a few coaches' heads, as Iowa, Indiana and Ohio U all called him last week. Coach Dinardo (Indiana) stopped in at school to talk.

Keep an eye out for Craig Carey next season. With his size and athleticism, he'll be making some major noise both on the field and in the recruiting circles this summer.

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