Ashley Remaining Patient

Madisonville, TX 2015 defensive tackle Austin Ashley is one to watch.

Austin Ashley knows his time in the recruiting spotlight is coming so for now he remains patient. The 2015 defensive tackle from Madisonville, TX is one of the best kept secrets from the class after an impressive junior campaign for the Mustangs.

For now, several programs have shown the 6-foot-3, 260-pound Ashley interest. Houston, Baylor, LSU, New Mexico and North Texas are among the teams that have showed interest. One view of his highlights and it's easy to see why teams are pursuing the three-year starter.

"It's going great, I'm getting a bunch of emails and letters right now; it's pretty cool," Ashley said of his recruitment.

Back in January, Ashley competed at the Army Underclassmen Combine and was grouped with some of the top defensive line prospects from the 2015 class. After competing side by side with those players and seeing their hard work pay off with recent offers, Ashley knows his first opportunity to play D-1 football isn't too far away.

"Me and some other guys were down at the Army Combine and it was a pretty good group of us and everyone started getting their offers last week and I'm pretty much the last one left," Ashley laughed. "I'm still waiting on that first offer but I feel like it's going to come soon."

While Ashley awaits his first offer, he's quick to admit that if one school calls with a scholarship his process will end nearly as soon as it began. That school is TCU. Ashley has always liked the Frogs' program but that admiration increased after he became good friends with current TCU commit Alec Dunham, who takes every opportunity he can to talk about the Frogs.

"Every time I see him we talk TCU, we talk Funkytown a lot," Ashley said of his conversations with Dunham. "I really love TCU and I believe I could do big things for them. I really would like the chance to go play football at the next level with Alec."

"We live about an hour apart and next year we'll be in the same district. We run track and became friends and he noticed I had a lot of interest from LSU and a few other places and he started talking to me about TCU."

Ashley has been on TCU's radar since last summer when he had an impressive showing at one of the Frog's satellite camps in Katy. Although the camp was cut short due to weather, he did have the chance to talk with the Frog coaches.

"Coach Williamson, Coach Patterson and Coach Bumpas talked to me at a camp last summer in Katy but it got rained out. They said they were pretty impressed with what they did see," he said. "I emailed my film to Coach Patterson the other day and he started following me on Twitter. I'm waiting on them; that's where I want to go."

Ashley says TCU's tradition on both the gridiron and classroom is what stands out about the program.

"It's the tradition and it's not just the team, academically it's very good at TCU," he said.


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