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Walker Ashburn - Defensive End
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Walker Ashburn is part of an impressive class of recruits who are expected to begin their Nebraska playing careers on the defensive line. The 6-3, 245-pound Ashburn comes to Nebraska from John Curtis High School in River Ridge, La., one of the dominant prep programs in the state of Louisiana. Ashburn’s play as a senior helped Coach J.T. Curtis’ team to a runner-up finish in the Class 2A state playoffs. The loss in the state title game prevented John Curtis from winning a sixth straight state title. Ashburn was a key player in the success, racking up 95 tackles and 16 sacks in 2009. His play earned him Louisiana Class 2A Defensive MVP honors. He also earned first-team all-state honors, as well as first-team all-metro and all-district accolades. Ashburn also excelled as a junior, helping his team to a state championship. Asburn made 90 tackles, had 12 sacks and three forced fumbles in 2008. Ashburn was a four-year starter for John Curtis, and as a sophomore he was named MVP of the state championship game. Ashburn is regarded as one of the top 40 players in the state of Louisiana by Rivals.com and among the top 25 players in the state by SuperPrep Magazine. Ashburn was a high school teammate of Nebraska sophomore safety P.J. Smith. Ashburn also competes for his high school track team and is strong in the classroom, carrying better than a 3.6 grade-point average. He only visited Nebraska, but had numerous offers including Oklahoma State and Stanford. Ashburn is the son of Terry and Desiree Ashburn, and he was born on May 22, 1991. Walker's father works in the New Orleans Saints organization.