One of a number of John Curtis prospects for the 2010 recruiting season, defensive end Walker Ashburn is hearing from a number of colleges throughout the South.
On Saturday, Ashburn and teammate Luke Charpentier took in the Tigers' second junior day.
"The visit was really cool," Ashburn said. "They showed us the football facility, the weight room, training room, practice facility and everything. It was really nice. Luke and I went to Alabama, so we were able to kind of compare the two. LSU's was cool, for sure."
One area where the Tigers stood out was the academic tour, which was highlighted by the Cox Academic Center for Student Athletes.
"It was a really nice building, so I liked that a lot," Ashburn said. "It sits over 1,000 kids in the main classroom, so we were pretty shocked at the change it would be from how school is now. We sat in there and listened to Jordan Jefferson and Russell Shepard speak about some of their experiences, and we were able to ask them some questions, so that was cool."
Taking a tour with Larry Porter, who recruits the New Orleans area, Ashburn was able to get a better feel for where he stood with the Tigers.
"Coach Porter was telling me that he was going to come over and see me practice this spring, and he would keep evaluating me then," he said. "He saw me in camp last summer and has seen my highlight tapes, so he has a good feel for how I play. He just told me to keep working hard."
After his meeting with Porter came a sit down with defensive line coach Brick Haley, where Ashburn was surprised at how informed the new Tiger coach was about his style of play.
"It was pretty interesting meeting with coach Haley after knowing coach Lane for so long," he said. "I figured he wouldn't know much about me, but he had seen all of my video and said that he had been doing his homework on me.
"The main thing he liked was my motor, because he said I play hard on every play," added Ashburn. "That is something I pride myself on, so I liked that he saw that. He said he is going to keep watching me, so I am just going to keep doing what I have been doing and see where it takes me."
While the six-foot-three, 250-pound defensive end is unsure if he holds any offers, the interest from colleges is definitely brewing.
"The coaches here at Curtis don't really tell us what offers we have because they don't want us to get a big head or anything," he said. "I know that the Tennessee staff has been contacting my dad a good bit, and coach [Ed] Orgeron wants me to come up to camp. I think I might go to Ole Miss for a camp, as well. Other than that I don't have any summer plans."