Ashleys Ready for Penn State visit this weekend

Eden Prairie, Minn., defensive lineman Walker Ashley will wrap up his official visit schedule with a trip to Penn State this weekend.</p> <p>

The trip has special significance for the Ashley family as Walker's dad, Walker Lee Ashley, was a defensive end/linebacker for the Nittany Lions from 1979-82. He helped PSU claim its first national championship in 1982 before going on to a seven-year career with the NFL's Minnesota Vikings.

"I'll be going with him on the trip," said Walker Lee Ashley. "He and I have gone to Penn State for a game just about every year since he was 8 years old. He already knows the town and the campus. But this visit will give us a chance to sit down and talk with the defensive coordinator and see exactly what their plans are for Walker."

Ashley made visits to Ohio State, USC and Minnesota previously.

"He is still considering three teams – USC, Ohio State and Penn State," Walker Lee Ashley said.

OSU head coach Jim Tressel made an in-home visit last week.

"He was very impressive," said Walker Lee Ashley, who was on the 1980 PSU team that played Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl. "They are very organized in how they handle things. They recruit there very well. From an academic standpoint, they are on top of things. That is something we are looking at very seriously. That's one of the reasons why he is considering Ohio State.

"(USC head coach Pete) Carroll will be in next week. Coach Paterno has already been here once for his in-home visit."

As for when his son will decide, Walker Lee Ashley said, "He's not going to make a final decision until he goes on the Fox Sports Net show here in Minneapolis on signing day (Feb. 2)."

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

He 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 previously. "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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