Ashley Impressed By OSU Win Over Michigan

Eden Prairie, Minn., defensive line prospect Walker Ashley told he was impressed with OSU's win over Michigan Saturday. He watched the game on television as he awaits his Dec. 3 official visit. Click here for more.

Eden Prairie, Minn., defensive line prospect Walker Ashley watched Ohio State's season-ending win over Michigan Saturday and was impressed.

"Oh, yeah, I saw a lot of it," said Ashley, who plans to visit OSU Dec. 3. "That was a great game. They came out and played hard from the first snap until the last."

Ashley (6-4, 290, 4.8), the son of former Minnesota Viking Walker Lee Ashley, is rated as the No. 21 defensive tackle prospect in the nation by and as Minnesota's No. 3 overall prospect.

Ohio State is remaining in close contact with Ashley.

"Yes, I talk with (defensive line coach Jim) Heacock a lot and I also talk with Coach Tressel and (assistant) Doc Tressel," Ashley said. "It's neat that Coach Tressel calls to talk to me."

So what appeals to Ashley about Ohio State?

"They were the first school to offer me," he said. "The coaches are really interested in me. They say I'm a high priority for them and I could come in right away and compete."

Ashley began his official visit schedule Oct. 23 at USC.

"I would say USC is out in front right now because of that visit," Ashley said. "But there is just something about Ohio State that is drawing me to there. I am excited about my official visit there."

He also plans trips to Minnesota Dec. 10, Oklahoma Dec. 17 and Penn State sometime in January.

Ashley was a three-year starter at Eden Prairie, helping his team win a state title as a sophomore in 2002. As a junior, he had 74 tackles, 10 sacks and four caused fumbles. This year, his team went 11-1. Ashley finished up with 89 tackles, 14 sacks, 24 tackles-for-loss and six fumbles caused. He also had a touchdown catch on offense.

"I'm pretty quick for my size," Ashley said. "I have my 40-yard time down around 4.8. I'm also pretty strong. I think I'm just a good all around defensive player. I bring speed and power.

"I start the game at nose tackle, but as the game goes on I move out to the three-technique. A lot of the colleges are recruiting me as a defensive end and that is actually where I would like to play. I am pretty quick and fast off the line. I have a good burst which allows me to get a good pass rush off the edge. I would say that my sacks are split 50-50 up the middle or off the edge."

Ashley, who benches 330 pounds, holds a 2.5 GPA and scored a 21 on the ACT.

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