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Recruiting is picking up for OL Ashley

Havelock, N.C. is home to a pair of recruits in 2013, one of which is getting looks on the line in 6-foot-4, 245-pound offensive lineman Malcolm Ashley. The versatile lineman claims one offer to date, but is getting plenty of other interest according to his coach.
"He's got one offer by East Carolina," Havelock head coach Jim Bryant said of Ashley. "He's getting recruited by everybody else.
"He is excited about the East Carolina offer. They offered last year, at the end of his sophomore year. I think he wants to stay local in North Carolina and East Carolina is the first to offer, that may be important when it comes to Signing Day next year."
Meanwhile, Ashley is getting looks from North Carolina, NC State, South Carolina, Oregon, Auburn, Florida, Alabama, Virginia and Virginia Tech.
According to his coach, Ashley plans to take in junior days at East Carolina and North Carolina in the near future.
So, does he like anybody?
"I think East Carolina is probably the frontrunner," he said. "They were the first one to offer him and they are in eastern North Carolina. He grew up here."
Bryant touched on what sticks out about his lineman.
"He started on the offensive line and defensive line his junior year," he said. "He runs really well and is hard to block on the defensive line. He was getting double teamed on every snap.
"He's a really good offensive lineman too. I think he's an offensive lineman at the next level. He's got a passion to play and he looks like an athlete. He moves like a skill kid, a wide receiver, linebacker or running back. Last year, he was catching receivers downfield. He just needs to add a little bit more weight, but he's got the frame to put it on."
Ashley earned all-area and first team all-conference honors as a junior.
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