Written by Thomas Scott
August 25th, 2019
Tallahassee, Florida | Earlier this month, FAMU made history by signing their first ever 5-star football recruit. Calvin Ashley a 6’7, 330 pound right tackle announced his commitment to FAMU via his personal Twitter page.
Ashley’s transfer to FAMU is somewhat of a homecoming. Ashley grew up nearby in Orlando, Florida and became an Under Armour All- American. During his senior year, Rivals.com ranked Ashley as the #1 offensive tackle in Florida and the #7 offensive tackle in the entire 2017 recruiting class.
After high school, Ashely signed with Auburn University. He stayed with the Tigers for two seasons before briefly transferring to Florida Atlantic University this spring. He never practiced with Florida Atlantic and instead chose FAMU to be closer to his wife and son. Ashley will begin his Rattler career as a redshirt sophomore.
Ashely explained his decision to transfer with the Tallahassee Democrat:
“People have been in my ear forever about going to FAMU. It’s next-level. Game changing. I feel like this is going to bring other players to HBCUs. Everybody chooses to go to PWIs. Me making this move could make others make a similar decision.”Calvin Ashley
This signing is another example that Head Coach Willie Simmons has the Rattlers trending in the right direction. Last season, the Rattlers exceeded expectations finishing 6-5 and were within one win away from a MEAC Championship game berth. This spring, Coach Simmons and staff continued the positive momentum by hosting the number one prospect in the nation, Kayvon Thibodeaux.
For now, FAMU’s Offensive Line Coach, Alex Jackson will focus on getting Calvin Ashley into shape and ready for the upcoming season. Coach Jackson was one of the main recruiters of Ashley and hopes that his experience playing at the University and Georgia and in the NFL will help him maximize Ashely’s potential.
The Rattlers will begin their season on August 29th vs the University of Central Florida.