D-Tackle Has It In His Blood

Minnesota defensive tackle Walker Ashley put up some huge numbers in 2003 and he comes from good stock. Ashley talks about his offers, camps and favorites.

Walker Ashley, a 6-foot-4, 280-pound defensive lineman from Eden Prairie, Minnesota has several scholarship offers.

Ashley is currently camping at Minnesota this week and he heads to Southern Cal for camp on June 28th.

We asked Ashley what his time table was for making his verbal commitment.

"At the start of the season I'm going to narrow things down to about five schools," said Ashley.

"From there I'll probably set up my visits, take my time and make a decision. I want to make sure that I do my homework on all the schools that I'm interested in.

"Purdue, Iowa, Oregon, Penn State, Minnesota and Ohio State have all offered me a scholarship.

"My favorites are Ohio State, Penn State, Minnesota, Miami, Michigan and USC. I don't have a leader."

Ashley is the son of former Minnesota Viking Walker Lee Ashley. The elder Ashley played for Joe Paterno at Penn State.

Will another Ashley be playing his college football for Joe Pa?

"My dad would like me to go to Penn State but he isn't pushing me," Ashley said.

"My dad told me to take it slow and that I'll know which college is right for me and I'll also know the right time to make a commitment."

Walker Ashley had 74 tackles, 22 tackles for loss and 10 sacks in 2003. He was named all-state as a junior and he'll be a team captain in '04.

Ashley says that he's being recruited as a defensive end but don't be surprised if he moves inside at the next level.

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