2003 Spotlight: Ashton Youboty

<b>Houston Klein cornerback</b> talks about his commitment status in an exclusive <b>RaiderInsider.com</b> interview.

*********CB ASHTON YOUBOTY (6-1, 185, 4.45) ***********

As a junior, Youboty, prounounced "Yo-bot-ee," posted three interceptions for Houston Klein, which finished 5-5 and missed the playoffs last season.

"A lot of guys got hurt last year and we never fully recovered," said Youboty. "We'll be a much-improved football team this season."

Youboty also returned 21 punts for 235 yards and a touchdown. He also added 14 kickoff returns for 294 yards.

Thayer's Take: "Ashton is one of the state's top playmakers. He's an excellent coverage cornerback with blazing speed and great natural instincts. His versatility could allow him to play both ways in college, but he's better suited for Tech's secondary and special teams."

******************MAY 21 UPDATE********************

TE: Do you have a top five?

AY: "Yeah, my top five is Penn State, Michigan, Ohio State, LSU and Oklahoma, but Texas Tech could be in the mix."

TE: Do you have a favorite?

AY: "Right now, I really don't. I'm still looking around and considering all offers."

TE: What are you looking for in a college?

AY: "The three major priorities for me personally are location, a winning tradition and a good education."

TE: How interested are you in Texas Tech?

AY: "I would definitely like to visit there and find out more about the school."

TE: Has Texas Tech been in contact with you?

AY: "Most definitely. They've offered and they want me to attend their football camp."

TE: Do you have any offers yet?

AY: "Yes, Louisiana State, Texas A&M, Colorado, Texas Tech and Oklahoma have all offered me so far."

TE: Where do you plan on camping this summer?

AY: "Right now, I'll probably camp at Penn State and Ohio State."

TE: What are your strengths as a football player?

AY: My quickness to the ball and my awareness on the field."

TE: To become a more complete cornerback, where must you improve?

AY: "I need to get bigger, stronger and probably become more familiar with zone coverages."

TE: What are your weight room stats?

AY: "I bench 265 and squat 365."

TE: Are you going to be a full qualifier?

AY: "Hopefully, I'm working on my SAT and my GPA is around a 3.2."

TE: Are there any factors that will influence your decision?

AY: "I would love to play with another dominating cornerback, that way I could have someone to work against in practice who would push and challenge me to become a better player."

TE: When will you make your verbal commitment?

AY: "I'm definitely not in a rush. My parents have told me to take my time and that's what I plan to do."

TE: Thanks for your time today and good luck.

AY: "Thanks."

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