Ashcraft Has Early Offers; Heavy Interest

6'3 190 pound running back Albert Ashcraft is one of a slew of running backs from North Carolina with big-time college potential. Along with George Bell, Andre Brown, Andrew Pearman, Marcus Rush, John McEachin, and others, North Carolina may have one of its best classes of running backs ever.

Monroe's Albert Ashcraft, however, is definitely one of the best backs in North Carolina this year. With legit 4.5 speed, Ashcraft has brought in loads of college attention already in the process. "Right now, he's played running back and free safety for us," Monroe coach Bobby Cloninger said. "He's really a very versatile player."

Offensively, Ashcraft rushed for about 1,100 yards on 9.2 yards a carry and scored 22 touchdowns as a junior. His junior performance has college coaches drooling to get this Tarheel State running back onto their campus.

"He's getting a lot of interest from the larger schools," Coach Cloninger said. "The in-state schools are very aware of him, several of the ACC schools have inquired as well as the Big 10, Big 12, and Big East."

Ashcraft, who plans to major in electrical engineering, currently has two early offers, Clemson and North Carolina.

Fortunately, Ashcarft isn't caught up in the process right now, he just wants to play the game. "He loves the game and just wants to play," Coach Cloninger said. "And he'll be a good one at the next level, I can promise you that. He's got the frame and quickness to play strong safety and outside linebacker and even free safety too. He'll have some big opportunities."


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