Target 2004: Albert Ashcraft

North Carolina running back prospect Albert Ashcraft knew that he had a shot at big-time college football as a sophomore. As a state 2-A champion in the 200 meters, he was faster than anyone else on the field. And at 6-foot-3, 190 pounds, Ashcraft has grown into a physically imposing player as well.

Then as a junior, Ashcraft carried the ball 109 times for over 1,100 yards in Monroe head coach Robert Cloninger's offense. He also saw limited duty on defense as a free safety, but that should change during his senior season.

"We plan to use him either at safety or as a linebacker next year," Cloninger said. "At any position Albert will most likely be the best athlete on the field."

UNC was the first to offer Ashcraft in early March, with Clemson following suit the next week. Currently, Ashcraft says that Clemson leads. Gunter Brewer is the Tar Heels representative, while former UNC assistant and N.C. State head coach Mike O'Cain is recruiting Ashcraft on the Tigers' behalf.

"I just think that I could play early as a running back at Clemson," Ashcraft said. "I think they might switch me over to defense at Carolina. They made a few remarks that I was tall for a running back and I got the impression that they would prefer me to play defense.

"Clemson is looking at me as a running back and that is the position I prefer to play."

Ashcraft attended the Duke-UNC basketball game this past Sunday with Monroe teammate and Tar Heels' offensive line prospect Brian Rogers. Ashcraft also attended camp in Chapel Hill last year and plans to go again this year. He will also camp at Clemson.

Ashcraft says that distance will not be a factor in his decision, though his family would like him to remain close to home. He plans to visit Michigan and Auburn.

He says the most important aspect in his decision will the student social life. He is looking for a place where he can "fit in." Ashcraft would like to major in electrical engineering.

Monroe held its first track meet of the 2003 season on Tuesday, where Ashcraft finished first in both the 100m and 200m events.

Albert Ashcraft
Height: 6-3
Weight: 190
Position: RB
40-time: 4.5
BP: 275
Squat: 350

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