Hoover (Ala.) quarterback Robby Ashford is emerging as one of the top signal-callers from the state of Alabama in the class of 2020. The dual-threat prospect hasn’t yet played a down on varsity, but already owns several scholarship offers including two from SEC schools in Georgia and Missouri.
Ashford (6-3, 200) has high interest in Clemson and visited Tiger Town to compete at the Dabo Swinney Camp in June.
“I definitely loved meeting the coaches, touring the facility and the competition at the camp,” Ashford told TCI. “It was a great time for sure.”
After experiencing Clemson’s camp environment, Ashford is looking to get a taste of the game-day atmosphere in Death Valley.
“Clemson is definitely a school I plan on making it back to,” he said. “I love it there and would love to see what it’s like on game day, just to really see how they do things there and what a college game-day experience is like with some of the best fans in the country.”
Along with Georgia and Missouri, Ashford has offers from Jacksonville State and Illinois.
Ashford said Clemson, Alabama, Auburn and Ole Miss are showing early interest. The ACC’s Tigers have reached out to one of his coaches according to Ashford.
“I think they’ve been in contact with my offensive coordinator at Hoover and they’ve been talking,” he said.
Ashford is also a standout baseball player for Hoover. Schools are expressing interest in his talent on both the diamond and the gridiron, and he hopes to be a dual-sport athlete at the next level.
As for one of his strengths as a quarterback, Ashford believes it’s his ability to improvise and make plays on the fly.
“I would definitely say my arm strength and my ability to turn a bad play into something positive,” he said. “Being able to escape the pocket and keep my eyes downfield and make the throw or make a play with my legs.”
It’s very early in Ashford’s recruiting process. He has plenty of time to collect offers, visit schools and determine his favorites, but there’s no question the sophomore standout is high on Clemson.
“My favorite thing would have to be how they make you feel at home and want to see you succeed,” Ashford said. “It would mean a lot for me to get an offer in the future for sure.”
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