One of the Garden State's top line prospects had once put NC State and Tennessee alone atop his list of favorites. Now another school is making a late push, and one of college football's giants will have a shot too.
Offensive guard/defensive end Ell Ash, a 6-foot-5, 258-pound prospect from Willingboro, N.J. is being hotly recruited by several top programs. Who has the edge?
"For a little while I was kind of thinking that NC State and Tennessee would be my final two, but I didn't want to close off my other options," said Ash. "You can throw Clemson in there with those two as one of my leaders. I've seen all three schools on visits and was real impressed each time. If I had to choose today it would be one of those three. That's all the detail I'm giving out."
But another school might work their way into good standing with Ash. This weekend Ash will officially visit Notre Dame, and he's well aware of the Irish tradition.
"That's something that I've heard a lot about, but I'll probably notice it a lot more when I get to the school. I hear there's a nice college atmosphere there, the academics are good and the football is great. If I have a good trip they could be one of the schools I look at the hardest."
Ash also visited Pitt in early December, but the Panthers are lagging somewhat behind the others.