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2015 Watch List CB/S Austin Ashley, Coral Gables High, FL

2015 Watch List CB/S Austin Ashley (5’11, 180, 4.49) of Coral Gables High in Florida recorded 45 tackles and 12 passes broken up last season as a sophomore starter. He has collegiate and professional football bloodlines; he’s the nephew of Miami great and NFL Pro-Bowler Santana Moss.

Moss trains with Ashley in preparation for the upcoming season. Ashley said of his workout regimen that “we do core workouts, lift weights, and footwork drills. I’ve really been concentrating on my explosion out of my breaks and being a more physical player.”

Ashley claims no verbal offers just yet, but he told Varsity Preps he already has a favorite. “Miami’s always been my favorite school. It’s the hometown team, I’ve always wanted to play for the Hurricanes.”

The Coral Gables prospect said he currently receiving interest from two programs. “I’m getting letters from Miami and Georgia. The ‘U’ wants me to camp this summer.” He also plans to camp at Florida St. and Alabama, and has interest in MiamiClemsonLSU, and Georgia.

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Ashley is confident in his skills as a defensive back. “I excel in man-to-man coverage, I like the challenge of covering receivers one-on-one.”

The junior standout talked about what will be important to him in his decision making process. “I like Miami’s tradition, I really like that. Gameday atmosphere will be important, playing for a winning program, and contributing right away, even on special teams, will be factors for me,” Ashley said. “I’d really like to stay home to play college football.”

David Cooney, an assistant for Coral Gables, says of Ashley “he’s very disciplined in his assignments. He’s a very good, physical young  defensive back with great hips. He has great ball skills, is very good in man coverage. He needs to work on his hands, but overall he’s an outstanding prospect.”

— Michael Bradley





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