While at Nike’s “The Opening,” five-star offensive tackle Calvin Ashley, of Orlando’s Dr. Phillips High School, committed to the Auburn Tigers despite having been recruited hard by Florida State. Speaking to Wesley Sinor of AL.com, Ashley later said that FSU offensive line coach Rick Trickett was unhappy with his decision.
“Coach (Rick) Trickett was pissed, I’m not going to lie,” Ashley said while competing at The Opening in Oregon Wednesday. “He called me and we talked. He was a little upset.”
Of course, it’s hard to argue with Ashley’s reasoning for committing to Auburn.
“I’m going over there because my brother’s up there and my mom, and they want me to visit the school again,” he said.
Granted, Ashley doesn’t graduate from high school until 2017 and for all we know, he could de-commit from Auburn and re-open his recruitment between now and then. Prior to committing to Auburn, he had drawn interest from a number of schools including Alabama, Miami (FL), Florida, Ole Miss, Ohio State, Penn State and, of course, Florida State, as well as others.
But the story here is that for Trickett to get, as Ashley put it, “pissed” is uncalled for. Colleges recruit student athletes hard on a daily basis only to have them pick another program, and nobody says boo about it. Thus, unless there was a verbal commit to FSU from Ashley at some point before he ultimately chose Auburn, there really isn’t a reason for Trickett or FSU to be so upset at his decision.
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