Striving for Perfection

Walker Ashburn knew that his team was going to be good, particularly on the defensive side of the ball. River Ridge (La.) John Curtis Christian only lost a handful of players on the defensive side of the ball allowing for some consistency on that side of the ball. Ashburn says a lot of teams are still recruiting him, but he is still a solid commitment to Nebraska.

Walker Ashburn and River Ridge (La.) John Curtis Christian are perfect so far this season. They wrap up their regular season this weekend and looking to stay undefeated all the way through to a state title.

"We have one more game in the regular season and then it's the playoffs," Ashburn said. "We are undefeated and either 7-0 or 8-0. We knew that we would be pretty good this year.

"I think that we only lost two or three guys from our defense this year. We knew that would be solid; a lot of experience carrying over to this season."

The River Ridge (La.) John Curtis Christian team had a couple of chance to rest some of their starters and develop some players this season. It's hurt Ashburn's stats some, but he's still having a solid year statistically.

"I didn't play in a couple of games just because they weren't very good teams that we were playing against and they benched the seniors that night.

"I know that I have eight sacks for the season and 40-some tackles. I am playing five-technique in a four point stance and also playing the two technique. We play a 50."

Ashburn and the other interior, defensive lineman are really a read and react type of line that is asked to get after the ball. They play gap responsibility, but also chase down the ball.

"The inside guys really have two gap responsibility and we just shoot out hands, violently, and try to find out where the ball is and run to the ball. It's an aggressive style."

Ashburn committed to Nebraska in the early part of September. He heard that early commitments can go one of two ways; it either dies down or some teams stay on you all the way through.

"I have a lot of coaches still calling me and I get mail from all over. I was told by some guys that after you commit, it dies down. I also heard they try to change your mind and keep after you."

The contact that Ashburn is getting is constant and while he says that he still listens to every team that calls that he remains committed. "I listen to everyone, but I am committed to Nebraska. That is where I am going. I have made my decision and I am firm on it."

Ashburn isn't going to be able to take a visit to see Nebraska until after their season is over with. "I will take my official visit after my season is over with. We can't take visits during the season. That is pretty much a team policy."

While Ashburn will not be able to see a game at Lincoln this year he has seen Nebraska on T.V. plenty of times this season. He will be glued to the set this weekend to see Nebraska take on an old rival.

"I have seen them several times this season. I am quite interested to see what they are going to do this weekend against Oklahoma."

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