DT Walker Ashley to Enroll at Minnesota

Walker Ashley, a 6-foot-5 defensive tackle from Eden Prairie (MN) High told GoldenSports.net that he will enroll at Minnesota in January and play the 2006 season. Ashley, who picked USC over the Gophers, was unable to be academically certified by the NCAA Clearinghouse.

Walker Ashley was expected to add depth to the defensive tackle spot, which was the Trojans' biggest question mark following the departure of All-Americans Shaun Cody and Mike Patterson and the recently departed Emmanual Wright, who entered the NFL's supplemental draft.

Ashley was considered the state's top prospect and was named Star Tribune Metro Player of the Year. Ashley, who led the Eagles to a 10-1 record this past season, picked the Trojans over Minnesota, Ohio State, Penn State and Oklahoma. Ashley played every position on the defensive line and led the Eagles in sacks. He was also an All-Metro first-team pick last season.

Ashley is the son of former Minnesota Viking and Penn State Nittany Lion Walker Lee Ashley. He told GoldenSports.net that he will take the college entrance test in October and will work with a personal trainer in the next few months. He plans to enroll at Minnesota for the second semester.

Ashley announced his decision to enroll at Minnesota at the final Gophers scrimmage before their season opener versus Tulsa Sept. 1.

Ashley is perhaps the biggest recruit to head to Minnesota since the hiring of Glen Mason.

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