Ashley Will Resume Visits In January

We provide an update on Eden Prairie, Minn., defensive lineman Walker Ashley, who was scheduled to visit Oklahoma this past weekend. Did he go on that trip? Click here for more details.

Eden Prairie, Minn., defensive lineman Walker Ashley had a visit set with Oklahoma this past weekend, but he decided to push the visit back until January.

"Right now, we have closed down camp for the year," said Ashley's father, former Penn State and NFL player Walker Lee Ashley. "We are going to give him a break for the holidays."

Walker Lee Ashley told that the Oklahoma visit has been rescheduled for after the first of the year. Ashley has made visits to Ohio State, Minnesota and USC. He will see Penn State Jan. 14 and Oklahoma Jan. 21.

After visiting Minnesota last weekend, Ashley announced that Ohio State was a slight leader for his services. OSU assistant Dick Tressel, a former Division III head coach at Minnesota's Hamline University, was due to visit with Ashley again late this past week. But that visit did not take place, either.

"All of the coaches understand that we have closed up shop until next year," Walker Lee Ashley said.

The younger Ashley (6-4, 290, 4.8) is rated as the No. 21 defensive tackle prospect in the nation by and as Minnesota's No. 3 overall prospect.

A week ago, Ashley talked about his mind-set.

"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."

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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