Ashley Discusses Minnesota Trip, Favorites

Eden Prairie, Minn., defensive line prospect Walker Ashley made an official visit to Minnesota this past weekend. Ashley reflects on that visit. He also discusses where Ohio State stands as well as his plans for this weekend's scheduled trip to Oklahoma. Click here for more.

Eden Prairie, Minn., defensive lineman Walker Ashley made his visit to nearby Minnesota this past weekend, then welcomed Gophers coach Glen Mason in his home Sunday night.

"It was a great trip," Ashley told "I got to spend time with all the players that I already know there. I was real comfortable there. I loved the campus. I didn't know it was as big as it actually is. I got to meet the coaches."

Ashley then talked about his in-home visit with Mason.

"He wanted to know how it went and my feelings about Minnesota and my reaction," Ashley said.

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. He visited USC previously and saw Ohio State Dec. 3. He was scheduled to see Oklahoma this weekend.

"I don't know about that right now," Ashley said. "I'm going to call the coach there tomorrow. I'm getting tired and getting worn down a little bit by all of this."

Ashley did say he will still make an official visit to Penn State – his father's alma mater – sometime in January.

"It is still in there for January, although we don't have an exact date yet," Ashley said. "I'll take a couple of weeks to rest up with the holiday break before I go there. We haven't set the date there yet."

After leaving OSU a week earlier, Ashley had declared the Buckeyes as his leader again.

"I think I will probably wait (to verbal) until after I go to Penn State," Ashley said. "Ohio State is my leader right now. If nothing changes that, obviously I'm going to go to Ohio State. But I want to weigh out all of my options.

"They still have the lead, no doubt. I don't know if I could put my finger on one reason why that is at this point. But I like the coaches and, obviously, the recruiting class could be a top-three class. It looks pretty good right now. I like the location and the city. That's all great, as are the fans and the stadium."

OSU assistant Dick Tressel, who was a longtime head coach in Minnesota at Division III Hamline, is recruiting Ashley.

"Coach (Dick) Tressel came in last week," Ashley said. "Coach (Jim) Tressel will probably be in sometime after the winter break for his in-home visit. If I don't go to Oklahoma, both (defensive line coach Jim) Heacock and Coach (Dick) Tressel may come up here Friday."

Ashley got a chance to spend time with Heacock during his OSU visit.

"When I was down there on my visit, I got a good chance to meet him and see how he handles his business," Ashley said. "They have a good core of D-linemen, I think."

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. He was named the Minneapolis Star-Tribune metro player of the year.

"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 19 on the ACT.

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