Minnesota Defensive Lineman Has Four Offers

Eden Prairie, Minn. is home to Walker Ashley. The 6-4, 280-pound Ashley already has four offers under his belt and a host of schools still recruiting him. Are the Irish interested in Ashley? What are his thoughts on Notre Dame? What are his summer plans? Irish Eyes spoke to Ashley to find out.

Walker Ashley had an impressive junior season. "I had 74 tackles and 10 sacks," said Ashley. "Penn State, Minnesota, Oregon and Ohio State have offered me so far.

Besides his four offers, plenty of schools are also recruiting Ashley. "Notre Dame, USC, LSU, North Carolina State, Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, Oklahoma and UCLA are some of them," said Ashley.

The Irish seem to be after Ashley pretty hard. "I've spoken with Greg Mattison," Ashley said. "I like him. He said I'm a really good player and he really liked my film. He wanted to get me into their camp so they could offer me. I've already made my camp plans so I'm going to stop by there for an unofficial visit this summer."

Is Ashley interested in Notre Dame? "Yeah, I'm interested. Some of my friends go to school there. Ryan Harris and Trevor Laws go to school there. Mark LeVoir is from my high school. They all say how much they like it there. Notre Dame has a good tradition. They talk about how much they like the coaches and the atmosphere there."

Ashley said he plans to attend three camps this summer. "I'm going to Minnesota, USC and Ohio State camp this summer," he said.

A decision could come soon for Ashley. "I'd like to make a decision before my season," he said. "I'm not sure I'll be able to do that. The academics will be important to me. Football only lasts so long. I'll look at playing time and the depth chart as well."

Ashley said he did not know what his core g.p.a. is at this point and scored a 19 on his ACT.

Comments: Ashley comes from NFL pedigree. His Dad played for the Minnesota Vikings for a number of years and also attended Penn State in college. Expect the Nittany Lions to be in the race. The Irish appear to be in the race as well, but they better offer soon to remain in the race.

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