Overall, I thought it went pretty well, Ashley said. I had a pretty good time. The highlight of the trip was probably at the basketball game when all of the student section was chanting my name.
Part of his visit included checking out the Penn State hoop teams game against Michigan at the Jordan Center Saturday. Walker was among a group of football recruits who arrived at halftime and received a loud round of applause from the PSU student section.
Meanwhile, Tamba Hali, a junior defensive end, was Walkers host.
I loved the players, Ashley said. I was around Elijah Robinson and [Lavon] Chisley and Tamba a lot. I just talked with those guys and hung out with them. We hit it off real well. I also liked having a few sit-down one-on-ones with Joe Paterno. That was great because thats the man that coached my father. He told me some pretty neat stories. Hanging out with Coach [Larry] Johnson was great too.
Prior to the visit, Ashley, who would prefer to play defensive end over defensive tackle in college, was under the impression that Penn State was recruiting him to play defensive tackle. That, however, proved not to be the case.
When I first got there, they had me at the defensive end, and [Johnson is] like, You need to come here man, three defensive ends are graduating. I was thinking in my head that Im a defensive tackle. But then the next day, when Im out with Coach Johnson, he put me into the equation and showed me how I fit in as a defensive end, coming in and filling in for those three guys. So that was a pretty big surprise.
USC, its California. How could you not like that visit? he said. I pretty much just liked being in California for the USC visit. When I was out at Ohio State, they were the first to offer me and I really enjoyed the coaches there. I met Doug Worthington there and weve become pretty good friends, so thats why Id say I liked those two visits.
The Trojans are Ashleys current favorite.
Id have to say USC has a little bit of a lead over Penn State and Ohio State, and Penn State and Ohio State are probably tied, he said. [USCs lead] is nothing that cant be overtaken. I really love USC, but I just have to figure out the best place for me and that might not necessarily be the best place. I just really like it out there. Its nothing that cant be overtaken. Its just a little lead.
Penn State coach Joe Paterno will visit Ashley tomorrow. USCs Pete Carroll visits on Wednesday and Ohio States Jim Tressel visits on Thursday. Walker does not plan to make his final decision public until signing day, which is Feb. 2.