So it comes as little surprise the 6-foot-4, 270-pound defensive tackle from Pahokee (Fla.) High has a mix of schools sprinkled across the country on his list of favorites. There is South Florida, which is a few hours away, and UCLA, where he will be taking an official visit next month.
"Those are the schools I really like,'' said Ash, who added each offered a scholarship. "I'm going to visit UCLA Nov. 7. I could see myself visiting all of them. I'm going to have to leave home one day. I really doesn't matter to me where. Just somewhere I could play, a good academic spot.''
Ash is hoping to gain insight into UCLA's program when he takes in the Bruins' game against Washington. He is being recruited by defensive line coach Todd Howard.
Ash already tripped to West Virginia in early September when the Mountaineers toppled East Carolina.
Because of the proximity, Ash is familiar with South Florida's program, and he has seen LSU on television plenty of times.
So where does Rutgers stand in all this?
"I really like them,'' Ash said. "I lik (assistant) coach (Chris) Hewitt and (assistant) coach (Gary) Emanuel. They want me to come on Dec. 5 for a visit.''
Ash said academics are important in his decision, as is the base defensive scheme he will play in. "I'd rather play in a 4-3,'' Ash said. "Playing the three-technique is the best. It's like a little bit defensive end and nose tackle.''
Ash said he wants to make a decision in December, but it could play out longer.