AUBURN, Ala. — Any Auburn fans worried about National Signing Day drama with the Tigers’ highest-rated recruit can rest easy. Calvin Ashley has shut it down.
The 5-star offensive tackle prospect made his official visit to Auburn this weekend, and he has an in-home visit from the Tigers set for Saturday. Any talk of last-minute visits — or even any sort of communication — with other schools is over. He’s all Auburn.
“It’s over,” Ashley said Sunday. “Nowhere next week. Nowhere. I’m done with all of it.”
Ashley plans to sign with Auburn on National Signing Day in less than two weeks without any contact from other schools. That’s been Ashley’s mindset since Jan. 10, when he sent out this tweet during rampant rumors that he would flip to Maryland:
No more visits. No more entertaining other schools. Time to get ready for Auburn! #WDE
— Calvin Ashley (@whiteboii_Cali) January 11, 2017
“Since I put that tweet out, I was like, ‘I ain’t answering any more schools,'” Ashley said. “None of that stuff.”
Auburn will get the only in-home visit with Ashley next weekend, the last one before National Signing Day on Feb. 1.
His official visit to the Plains this weekend was important for Auburn, as the No. 27 overall recruit hadn’t been on campus since last June.
“It was great. I haven’t been here since the summer,” Ashley said. “So it was good to be back with my guys and stuff, just have a great time and kick it with them. It was fun.”
— Calvin Ashley (@whiteboii_Cali) January 22, 2017
During his visit, Ashley talked extensively with offensive line coach Herb Hand and met new offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey. The 5-star offensive tackle said he is impressed with Gus Malzahn’s new hire.
“Coach Lindsey just came in, just talked to him,” Ashley said. “We’ve got a great relationship. He’s a great coach. His background speaks for itself. I can’t wait to get back to work here in the summer. It’s going to be a great season for Auburn.”
Ashley might play an important role in Lindsey’s first season on the Plains.
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Hand sees him as a left tackle, and he could compete for a starting job as the Tigers look to replace two seniors on their line in 2017. It’s rare for true freshmen offensive tackles to play immediately in the SEC, but Ashley is ready for the challenge.
“I know Coach Hand is going to give me plenty of opportunities to prove myself,” Ashley said. “I’m going to work. I’m going to come in working and try to earn a spot. I just can’t wait to get here.
“I’m trying to work very hard to come in and play early as a true freshman. That’s big for me. I want to make a name for myself early in my career. It’ll be good.”
Before he arrives in Auburn this summer, Ashley finally can relax after a long recruiting process. He’ll spend the final few days before signing day completely focused on Auburn.
“It was very important (to shut the recruitment down early),” Ashley said. “Recruiting sometimes is very stressful, you know? I love Auburn. I love it. It’s a great place.”