Tunstall’s Caleb Ashworth has decided to play college football at Cincinnati. The 6-foot-3 defensive lineman committed to the Bearcats Tuesday afternoon.
“The feel when I got up there, it felt right. Coach Robert Prunty (former Gretna and Hargrave Military head coach) and Coach Tommy Tubberville - together - they make a great team. Those are the kind of people I want to play for. I believe Cincinnati is an up and coming program and I can’t wait to be a part of it,” Ashworth said Wednesday.
As an offensive and defensive lineman during the 2013 season, he was first team All-state by two publications and was named Conference 30 Defensive Player of the Year. “He had a fantastic year for us [this past season]. We’re going to move him to an H-back and inside linebacker because he’s so athletic. He’s a force, a tremendous leader. I can’t say enough good things about him,” coach Buddy Brown said.
Although Ashworth will be making a position change for his senior season, Cincinnati is still recruiting him as a defensive end.
Ashworth didn’t have any other scholarship offers but he had interest from Wake Forest, Maryland, Virginia Tech, and North Carolina but he really liked Cincinnati.
Brown said he felt Ashworth knew what he wanted and didn’t feel the need to be shopping around. “That’s accurate,” Ashworth agreed. “I wasn’t going to wait. I was going to make my decision before my senior year. I’m definitely glad with my decision.”
Ashworth has started since his freshman year at Tunstall and has been honored with numerous awards but said he’s most proud of “the chance to play Division One football.”
Prunty has already recruited Kimoni Fitz from Dan River and Jerrell Jordan from Altavista.