|School:||Klein HS, Klein, TX|
It has almost been a month since Lionnews has chatted with Texas defensive back Aston Youboty, after his official visit to Penn State on Sept 14, and there has been a slight change in his top five. Louisiana State has been replaced by SEC rival Tennessee, making Ashton's short list Penn State, Ohio State, Michigan, Oklahoma, and Tennessee.
Ashton's lone visit has been to Penn State because a 6-2 Klein HS remains in the hunt for a playoff birth. "We're on the borderline of making playoffs right now. We just lost to the wrong people."
Part of the reason for his team's slip-ups against beatable opponents may have been caused by a rash of injuries. "I'm playing free safety because our starter is out for the season and so is his backup." Rest assured though, Ashton's future remains at corner and each of his top 5 is recruiting him to play out on that island.
Despite concentrating solely on his team's season right now, Ashton does have a somewhat clear indication of what schools he wants to visit. In fact, he has already been to three schools in his top five unofficially, visiting Ohio State this summer for camp and Oklahoma for its spring game.
"So far, I'm pretty sure I'm going to take one to Ohio State and most likely Tennessee. That will be three trips. I'll just figure the other two out later."
Currently Penn State, Ohio State, and Tennessee could be considered his top 3, but with a good visit here or a bad visit there, many things could change between today and February.
Coach Brian Norwood, a former defensive backs coach at Texas Tech, has been placed in charge of recruiting Ashton for the Nittany Lions. If Ashton chooses Penn State, will he be the only defensive back inked in 2003?
"They [Penn State] said they are going trying to sign as many as they can. They said they're going to try to sign 4 to 5 dbs."
Ashton's host at Penn State turned out to be freshman safety, Calvin Lowry. Although its been more than 2 months since Ashton's visit to State College, he still remains interested in the Lions and the "exciting environment" at Beaver Stadium.
We will not find out who is lucky enough to sign this Lone Star stud until he has completed each of his five visits.
(Interview by Steve Curry)