There are a few high schools in Florida that consistently put out elite football players, and one of those programs is Pahokee High School.
This year is no different for the Blue Devils as they are chock full of talent with top prospects DeJoshua Johnson, Merrill Noel, Fred Pickett, and Zachary Allen already committing to BCS programs, and several others offered division one scholarships, but still undecided.
One of those undecided players is Richard Ash, a 6-foot-4, 270-pound three-star defensive tackle, ranked 33rd in the nation by Scout.com. Ash finished his junior season with 84 tackles, seven tackles for loss, four sacks and one interception, and like his teammates, has been busy camping this summer.
"Things have been going real good," said Ash. "I've already camped at Florida, Tennessee and FIU so far this summer. We also plan on going to the 7 on 7 camp at FSU coming up."
In between all the summer camps Ash and two of his teammates made a visit to USF two weeks back.
"We wanted to check out some schools, and were looking at the instate schools first," said Ash. "Me, DeJoshua Johnson and Zachary Allen all went up and spent the day up there."
The trio spent the day mostly with Coach Kevin Patrick touring the campus, the facilities, meeting players, coaches, and Ash came away impressed with what he saw.
"They got a special family up there," said Ash. "I didn't expect the facilities to be so nice. The main thing I like there is the coaching staff."
"I spoke the most with Coach Patrick, but I also got to meet the Head Coach Leavitt, he's a good guy and very energetic. We talked about all the basic stuff, but mostly we didn't even talk about football."
Ash said he's developed a good bond with defensive line Coach Patrick. "I like him a lot and I feel like I can talk to Coach Patrick about anything."
While on the visit Ash also got to meet several players who are great ambassadors for the program.
"I met Ryne Giddins, and JuJu Forte, I didn't know Giddins but I knew of him," said Ash. "We talked about football, the recruiting process and he told me to go where I feel most comfortable." Ash also added, "I also got to meet defensive end George Selvie. He seemed real cool, but we only talked for a little bit because he had to go to class."
The Pahokee standout has over 20+ offers from such schools as USC, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Tennessee, West Virginia, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, and Oklahoma State, among others. With an impressive list of suitors, Ash said he has a new list of favorites, but doesn't quite have a top five.
"I'd have to say its USC, USF, LSU, and West Virginia. My fifth school, I'm not sure yet, and don't know who that will be."
As for the rest of his summer plans, after the 7on 7 at Florida State, Ash says he'll also try to make a camp at LSU later this month. Ash also said he wants to have a top five before the season starts, and take his visit before he decides. "Right now I don't know who will get my official visits. That's what I'm trying to figure out."
Ash did say he know what he's looking for in a program to help him make that decision.
"I want to go where I feel comfortable with the players and the coaches, that's what's important to me."
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