MSU Commitment Kenny Ashley Update

Mississippi State running back commitment Kenny Ashley (Venice High School), ranked the 12th best running back and 85th best player in the west by, is ready to be a Bulldog.

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Mississippi State head coach Sylvester Croom has been traveling from the east coast to the west coast visiting recruits. One of the players he recently visited in California was current MSU commitment Kenny Ashley. Kenny talked about the visit.

"I think Coach Croom and (Assistant) Coach (Guy) Holliday came in on Monday," he said. "It went pretty good. They came in and met the family. My mom likes (Coach Croom) because she said he reminds her of my grandfather. And that's a good thing. She didn't really have any questions. She just told him to take care of me."

While it was the first visit from Coach Croom, Coach Holliday had already been in previously.

"Coach Holliday also came in Sunday about two weeks ago," said Kenny. "He's been to the house twice."

With the recent rash of decommitments throughout the nation, I asked Kenny how strong his commitment to MSU is.

"I'm not really looking to go anywhere else," he said. "I will absolutely, positively in 2006 be wearing a Bulldog jersey. I am real excited and ready to be a Bulldog. I saw (MSU commitment) James Lewis and (MSU true freshmen) Jimmy (Miller) the other day working out. I got a copy of the workout during Christmas and have been doing that. And getting even more excited for February 2nd, when I can sign that paperwork."

Now that Jimmy's had a chance to work out with MSU strength coach Jim Nowell, what was Kenny's impression of him?

"I was real surprised when I saw Jimmy," said Kenny. "When I saw him, it was like whoa, this dude has gotten big."

Did Jimmy and James offer him any words of wisdom about Mississippi State?

"Jimmy has always thought that it was a cool school," said the 5-8, 195-pounder. "And he was real excited because he got to play on special teams and got in on certain defensive series. I just hear from them that (Mississippi State's football team isn't) too strong right now, but they are real excited about the following years to come. James said he loves it."

James also said something else that will be music to the ears of all MSU fans if they come true.

"(James) said he is going to be a qualifier now," said Kenny. "He took (the ACT) last Saturday and feels really strong that he did well."

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