Shaker Heights (Ohio) wide receiver Perez Ashford proved productive as a junior, catching 53 passes for 900 yards and 12 touchdowns. The 5-10, 170-pound receiver has picked up this fall where he left off as a junior, and continues to show his playmaking ability.
Shaker Heights got off to a 3-2 start to their season and Ashford recorded close to 30 receptions for 500 yards and five touchdowns in those first five games.
Even before the season began, Ashford had garnered offers from Iowa, Syracuse, Akron, Bowling Green, Eastern Michigan, Northern Illinois, Ohio and Ball State. Several more programs are showing interest while Ashford begins to focus on the factors he will use to determine his college destination.
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"Indiana has called. Penn State and Pittsburgh are keeping real close contact with me. Villanova has called a couple times," Ashford said. "It's really becoming easier as the season goes on with college football with the way teams have been playing. I see them in the games, what they look like, whether I can fit into their offense and I see team's records."
Over the summer Ashford listed a top three of Syracuse, Bowling Green and Iowa. Ball State has now been added to that top group while his feelings on the other favorites are evolving.
"Ball State has really looked impressive," Ashford said. "Iowa is always going to be a big name in there. Bowling Green shocked me the first week against Pitt and they are looking good. They have a good crop of players for the future. Syracuse hasn't been doing too well, but I like the school, I like the area and I like the team. The coaches have told me they need playmakers, but I am kind of indecisive on that one."
Ashford has not partaken in any official or unofficial visits so far this fall, but he is making plans to do so and has a couple trips he is beginning to set up.
"I have kind of scheduled a visit to Syracuse for the first weekend in December," Ashford reported. "I am planning on scheduling it this week with Iowa to go down there (later in the year)."