Jersey star up to 7 offers

Willingboro HS offensive/defensive lineman <b>Ell Ash</b> had an All-South Jersey junior season. Have teams been challenging him this season? Who are his favorite schools? Do the Nittany Lions still appear on his list?

Name: Ell Ash
Position: OL/DL
Height: 6'6"
Weight: 275 pounds
40-Yard Dash: 4.7 seconds
Hometown/School: Willingboro, Nj. (Willingboro HS)

After an All-South Jersey junior season, it's no surprise that high schools would do anything to avoid your side off of the field.  Such is the case with Willingboro, Nj.  (Willingboro HS) defensive lineman/offensive lineman Ell Ash.  Through four games this year, the senior has only fourteen tackles and just one sack from his defensive end position due to a barrage of double and triple teams.

Also an excellent offensive lineman, Ell has a definite favorite position for the next level if he could choose.

"Yeah d-end, but if I had to, I'd play offense.  It isn't that bad," admitted Ell, who also has a favorite offensive position. "Probably tackle--that's where I played last year.  This year I play guard because they needed somebody who could pull."

According to Ell, the majority of interest he has gotten from schools has been for the offensive side of the ball.  During the summer, LionNews spoke to Ell's coach, Nelson Hayspell, who stated that Ell had either received or expected offers from Penn State, Virginia, Boston College, Maryland, and South Carolina.

However, to date, Ell said he has offers from Tennessee, Clemson, West Virginia, Pittsburgh, Boston College, Temple, Rutgers, and Indiana.  Since college coaches have been allowed to call on September 1st, Ell has received the most attention from Tennessee, Clemson, and Miami (Fl.).

Have Maryland and Virginia kept contact with him?

"I've got a couple letters, but I haven't heard from them in a while," said Ell.

Have the Nittany Lions called him in recent past?

"Nah.  Well a while ago, like last month (September)," Ell said, continuing that the Penn State coaches told him they were still in the evaluation faze of his recruitment.  "They said they take a while to offer people.  They take it slow before they offer."

Ell, who has not set up any of his official visit yet, has been to see Penn State, Ohio State, North Carolina, and Virginia on unofficial visits last spring and summer.  Does he have any favorites that have popped out in front of the rest of the pack?

"Clemson and I still like Penn State and Virginia.  I like Miami (Fl.) and Tennessee.  North Carolina State too," said Ell, who admitted the Tigers, Volunteers, and Wolf Pack lead because of their consistent contact with him.

Despite the infrequency of their contact, the Nittany Lions still are relatively high on Ell's list because of their blend of athletics and academics.

"I like their education and they can have a pretty good football team.  And a degree from there can mean a real good job if you don't make it to the NFL," admitted Ell, who has qualified with a 970 SAT and 3.57 gpa.  "A good business major and a good football program.  That's what I'm looking for."

(Interview by Steve Curry)

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