"Coach Willingham called me again last night and I committed to Notre Dame. Ever since I got that first letter, there was only one college for me. When I got my offer, I was smiling from ear to ear. It's a dream come true for me."
Ashley talked about why he chose Notre Dame. "It's the tradition, the prestige. The academics are fantastic and I think it gives me the best opportunity to start early in my college career both in football and academics."
McConnell also had high praise for Coach Willingham. "He is just so amazing. He is such an intelligent guy. My Mom talked to him for a long time and she was so impressed by how intelligent he is. He is such a serious guy but he is father-like as well."
Ashley said his coach is also excited about it as well. "He is a big Notre Dame fan. He can't wait for me to get up there so he can come to the stadium to see me play."
Ashley has been given a big label from guys that I have spoken with. People call him the next Jerome Bettis. "I don't know about that. Can I say no comment? Those are some pretty big shoes to fill but I am going to try to be better than he was if that is possible."
Congrats to Ashley and ND landed a fine player and a great kid.