May 28, 2008

Arkansas native picks up first offer

Flower Mound, Texas cornerback Collin Ashley recently finished Spring Practice for his high school football team. Over the course of the Spring, Ashley unfortunately picked up a minor injury that kept him out the last few practices but fortunately he picked up something much more positive as well: a scholarship offer.

The 6-foot defender spent most of his junior season at cornerback but in 2008, he plans to spend some time on both sides of the ball.

"Spring went pretty good," Ashley said. "We were done about two weeks ago. We finished earlier than most because we're getting new turf put in. It went pretty good the first couple of weeks but then I got a separated shoulder. I played mostly offense, the switched me over a lot."

Ashley's first scholarship offer came during the Spring and more could be coming as a slew of coaches came through the Flower Mound halls.

"I got one offer from Wake Forest," he said. "Iowa State said that they're going to. Kansas is real interested. I've talked to Arkansas and Texas A&M too. I've talked to them on the phone."

While Wake Forest is his first offer, Ashley has a serious interest in the Razorbacks. As a native of Arkansas, Ashley grew up cheering for the program and it looks as though the interest is mutual.

"I talked with (Arkansas assistant coach) Mike Summers," he said. "We've talked three or four times. It went pretty good. The first time we talked he said he's coming to the school to look at me. Another time we talked I asked how his DB recruiting was going and he said I was in their top 5."

Should an offer come from the Razorbacks, Ashley would be all but committed.

"All my family lives back there," he said. "I grew up in Warren which is about six hours from there and I just grew up liking the Hogs."

Ashley plans to get back to Arkansas this summer when he takes part in some camps.

"I'm planning to go to Arkansas and Kansas for sure," he said. "Then me and my family and one of my coaches are going to sit down and talk about what other camps I should go to."

As a player, Ashley brings more than just speed and athleticism, of which he has plenty.

"I bring to a football team an all-around player," he said. "I can go play offense, defense or special teams. I bring a lot of confidence for people that I'm going to be in the right place at the right time and confidence to the coaches that I'm going to do my part."




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