The Auburn Tigers are coming off their sixth-straight winning season under head coach Gus Malzahn. They dominated Purdue 63-14 in the Music City Bowl en route to a 8-5 record.
But the Tigers appear to have hit a snag in their 2019 off-season preparation. The team is poised to former lose five-star offensive tackle Calvin Ashley to a transfer.
On Monday, Ashley took to his Twitter account and announced that he would be entering the NCAA transfer portal. He thanked the coaching staff and the Auburn fans for supporting him and asked that his decision he respected.
“After much thought and consideration and talking to my family, I have decided to enter my name in the NCAA Transfer Portal and will explore my options. I would like to thank the great fans and the coaching staff at Auburn for believing in my. To my teammates/brothers, I will indeed miss the moments shared with you all and wish you all the best. Forever, War Damn Eagle! Please respect my decision and no interviews.”
— Calvin Ashley (@Ca70_) February 11, 2019
Coming out of high school in 2017, Ashley was given a five-star rating by 247Sports. He was the No. 26 prospect in the nation, the No. 6 offensive tackle prospect, and the No. 1 prospect from the District of Columbia.
The 6-foot-6, 310 pound offensive lineman first committed to the Tigers in May of 2015.
He was the only five-star recruit of Auburn’s Class of 2017, and helped lift the team to a top-10 recruiting class in the country, per 247Sports.
For a prospect as highly touted as he was, there will likely be no shortage of options available.