Calvin Ashley’s high school football career for St. John’s (Washington, D.C.) ended with a scary moment when he was knocked unconscious and taken from the field on a stretcher in a loss to DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.).
Ashley tweeted later that night that he was “cleared from the hospital and will be fine.”
The five-star offensive tackle will get to writer a happier ending when he plays in the Under Armour All-America Game on Jan. 1 in Orlando.
Ashley and St. John’s defensive end Tyree Johnson received their honorary jerseys Tuesday in a ceremony at the school as part of the Selection Tour presented by American Family Insurance.
Both players are headed to the SEC: Ashley is an Auburn commit and Johnson is a Texas A&M commit.
For Ashley, the game in Orlando will be a return home. He began his high school career a Dr. Phillips in Orlando before moving to the D.C. area. Ranked as the No. 6 offensive tackle and No. 22 player overall by ESPN, Ashley is massive at 6-7 and 310 pounds.
He is planning official visits to Auburn, Florida, Maryland and perhaps others, but is not planning to sign until National Signing Day in February, meaning some January visits are possible.
“I’m looking forward to going down there and competing against all the best and having a lot of fun,” he said.
Johnson, who is 6-4 and 247 pounds, finished his senior season with 32 tackles for loss and 11 sacks. He had seven tackles and four tackles for loss in the WCAC title game against DeMatha.
He committed to Texas A&M in August, but took a visit to Missouri in late October and was recently offered by Michigan State to bring his total to 27 reported offers. However, he says he remains firm in his commitment.
“The aspect of the game I am looking forward to is showing people that I am underrated and getting to show some off my talent,” Johnson said.
The stop at St. John’s was the final leg of the Selection Tour.