"I talked to Coach O yesterday and it was like a reunion. I'm very excited," said Kenny Ashley. "We have had great communication since Coach O was at USC. I know I will get an opportunity to play because the position will be somewhat open.
Ashlee's recruitment was a well publicized one coming out of high school. After rushing for over 1, 800 yards and 23 TD's as a senior, the long time Mississippi State verbal switched commitments at the last minute and signed with Southern Cal.
"I just wanted to stay closer to home. A lot of people got mad at me down there because of it, but I just did not want to leave that far from home coming out of high school. Now that I have grown up a lot, I am ready to spread my wings, so to speak."
Kenny failed was not ruled ineligible to get into Southern California late in the summer after graduating which left him with no choice but to try and sit out a semester to gain eligibility.
"I just kept taking the SAT test to try and get my scores up high enough to get into (U)SC but I never made it. I went over to El Camino CC to get my degree so I could transfer to any school I wanted to this time."
After enrolling at El Camino CC last December, Kenny is ready for a breakout season.
"I am looking to break the rushing record here. We have a great team. It should be a fun year."
Ashlee believes that this time around, he has made the right decision.
"Ole Miss is headed in the right direction and I want to be a part of it. I need to get away from here and establish myself as a mature man. I feel Ole Miss is a great spot for me. They stuck with me through the whole process at El Camino and they kept calling me. They kept in touch - that's what I really liked. It is a great fit and a great opportunity so I made my decision for Ole Miss."
Kenny will have to
gain a waiver through the SEC for the three semester rule to enroll in December,
if not, he is expected to sign with the Rebels in February and and enroll in May.
will have 3 years to play 3 on the collegiate level.