Ashby doesn't hesitate, jumps on offer

Tyler Ashby, a 6-5, 300-pound guard from Seattle (Wash.) Ballard, verbally committed to the University of Washington Huskies Monday afternoon, over interest from Oregon and Washington State. Ashby received a scholarship letter from Washington last Wednesday and made his decision this afternoon.

"Last week I got a FedEx letter from Coach (Keith) Gilbertson and it was a scholarship offer," Ashby told Monday night.

"At first I was enamored with Washington State, but after I got home from their camp I got the offer from Washington and it was my first offer. That meant to me that they wanted me the most and my parents can also come and watch all my games. That was pretty important.

"But it was hard. It took me a couple of days to sort everything out. JT (Diederichs) wanted me to go to WSU and Jack Thompson wanted me to go there too.

"But it didn't happen."

Ashby never had a plan to make an early decision, but the Huskies' offer was too much to pass up. "You could say I kind of wanted to get it over with, but I never had a plan of accepting the first offer I got," he said.

"But the Washington offer really sparked my interest. And then I called Oregon and they told me they wanted to wait until the first few games before offering me and I didn't want to wait that long. I wanted to get it out of the way."

Tyler has bulked up, but he'll still be playing guard for the Beavers. His last reported 40 time is 5.3, last max bench is 315 pounds, last max power clean is 300 pounds and max squat is up to 520.

Ashby has noticed his body and mind maturing as he gets ready for his senior year. "I think I played the best I've ever played at the Washington State camp," he said. "I left it all on the field. I'm stronger than before, have better footwork and am playing smarter."

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