ORLANDO, Fla. — Offensive lineman Thomas Ashcraft (Cedar Hill, Texas) is one of five Texas commitments set to play in the Under Armour All-American Game to be televised nationally by ESPN on Sunday at 8:00 pm EST.
The 6-foot-5 and 290-pound Ashcraft, who committed to the Longhorns almost a year ago, has been enjoying himself in Under Armour workouts.
“This has been a lot of fun,” Ashcraft said during a break. “I’ve been going against the best competition, the elite competition. It’s going to help make me better.”
Ashcraft has already graduated from Cedar Hill and will enroll and start classes at UT on Jan. 16. He hopes the early start will result in playing time as a true freshman.
“I don’t want to redshirt,” Ashcraft said. “But if I don’t see the playing field, then I would want to redshirt so I can get to where I need to be to play.”
At one point Ashcraft thought he might be playing for the Oklahoma Sooners, but he is glad he decided to stay in-state.
“I haven’t had any second thoughts,” Ashcraft said. “When things started out I wanted to go to Oklahoma. Watching college football, I heard the talk about Oklahoma sending offensive linemen to the NFL.
“Then I started to think about what happens after football and what the Texas network could do for me after football. Texas has the No. 2 mechanical engineering school in the nation and the No. 5 business school. I want to go into one of those two programs.”
But before Ashcraft starts his Texas career, he has one more bit of business to take care of.
“I’ll play tackle and guard on Sunday,” Ashcraft said. “I’ve been doing both down here. Some people have beaten me and I have beaten some people. All the players I’ve gone against have been good.”
When asked what he has liked best thus far about his Under Armour experience, Ashcraft said, “Getting closer to the other four guys going to Texas. Me and Mason Walters are roommates. Paden Kelley and Barrett Matthews are right down the hall from us. Just hanging out and talking about getting ready for Texas has been fun.”