Spring Watch: DL Austin Ashley

Spring Watch: DL Austin Ashley

Madisonville (Texas) defensive lineman Austin Ashley is hearing from a few programs and is eager to camp this summer...

It's been a busy few months for Madisonville (Texas) defensive lineman Austin Ashley.

Since his junior season, the 6-foot-3, 267-pound prospect has competed in power lifting, track, and off-season football; he also was at the Army Combine in January and has taken an unofficial visit to TCU.

"[TCU commit] Alec Dunham and I are pretty good friends and he mentioned me to the staff so we went up there together. I felt like it was a family atmosphere, like they were coming to work every day and taking care of each other like they were family. I like the campus a lot," he said.

Ashley camped with the Frogs last summer and plans to again this year; he has also planned camps at LSU, Texas Tech, Texas A&M, and Texas.

"There weren't very many junior days that I was able to get to, but the recruiting process has been a great experience so far. I hope things keep going the way they are and that I can pick up some offers," he said.

Schools like Houston, Baylor, New Mexico, LSU, and North Texas have all shown interest in Ashley. With the evaluation period beginning this week, the lineman is looking forward to having some coaching staffs in Madisonville over the next few weeks.

"I'm pretty sure TCU will stop by, and hopefully some other coaches. I'm not one hundred percent sure who, but I know others will be coming by," he said.

Aside from recruiting, Ashley is also working to improve on his strong junior season (highlights here).

"My junior season went pretty well. We play in a pretty tough district; we had three teams go three rounds deep, and I still had 76 tackles. I put on eight pounds and I've been working on my hands. I've gotten faster, too," he said.

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