AUBURN, Ala. — Even though Calvin Ashley has been committed to Auburn for 11 months, several other schools continue to pursue him aggressively.
But the five-star offensive tackle isn’t wavering on his pledge.
The first Auburn commit of the 2017 recruiting class, Ashley said his decision to remain committed hasn’t been a difficult one despite interest from other programs.
“It doesn’t make it that tough,” said Ashley, who attended Auburn’s A-Day spring game on Saturday.
“I still know where my heart is at.”
Ashley’s loyalty to Auburn can be attributed to his relationship with assistant coach and special teams coordinator Scott Fountain, who remains his lead recruiter. After the Tigers experienced several coaching changes in January, Ashley said Fountain kept him at ease.
“It was very important,” Ashley said of his relationship with Fountain. “It was faithful. I trust him a lot. That speaks for itself.”
He added: “That’s my man. That’s one of the best coaches ever. I communicate with him every day. He’s the best coach.”
Ashley’s would-be positional coach has also impressed him. First-year offensive line coach Herb Hand showed Ashley exactly what he needed to see over the weekend: progress.
“I saw a lot of pancakes today, and their technique is great,” Ashley said of Saturday’s spring game. “What (Hand) does with the offensive line is beautiful.
“The team is getting much better, and I can’t wait for more in the fall.”
While the Orlando, Fla., native categorized his commitment as ‘110 percent’ over the weekend, he still plans on using some, if not all, of his five allotted official visits this fall.
But that shouldn’t be seen as a sign of Ashley exploring his options. He is actively recruiting several Auburn targets to join him in 2017, including four-star offensive tackle Austin Troxell.
Ashley will return for Auburn’s Big Cat Weekend recruiting event in May.