"I'm pumped. It's a great school. I have seen it already, and I liked it. I'm thrilled to get it," stated Ashburn. "Coach Reinebold came to practice today and watched me a bit. He told me on the phone that he likes the way I play as a defensive lineman, but that I could also play outside linebacker. He said it would all be depending on how they train me."
The 6-3, 250-pound junior had 89 tackles and 11 sacks last season for J.T. Curtis (LA). Besides for his SMU offer, Ashburn also has an offer from Nebraska, and is hearing from LSU, Tennessee, Alabama, UCLA, Illinois, and Louisiana Tech.
"I know between the two schools that have offered me, they are both great schools. They are both have perfect coaches and a great football programs," said Ashburn. "Where I'm going to play at is where I can get the best education and where I can get some early playing time."
So when is the 2010 recruit looking to make a decision his future school?
"I would like to make my decision before my senior year of high school. That way I don't have to worry about anything. What ever offers I have in hand when it comes time, those are the schools I will look at," said Ashburn."
As for how he projects on the college level, Ashburn feels the camps over the summer will set his position in place.
"At Curtis we run a 52 defense," Ashburn said. "We are always down in the four-point stance. So when I was at the camps over the summer last year, I was in the three point stance a lot. I was really tearing things up at defensive end. I know our defense in high school is good for how we play, but I can't play defensive tackle in college. I will be playing defensive end, possibly outside linebacker."
Ashburn's father works inside the New Orleans Saints' organization. If you recall, SMU is also recruiting another son of a Saints employee. 2010 linebacker Chase Williams, son of defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, also has an offer to be a Mustang.
"He said he would like to be close to his dad," stated Ashburn. "I know that he is also looking for a school where he can get his best playing time as well."
The junior would like to major in business or science in college. We will have more on Walker Ashburn as information becomes available.