Defensive Line, 6'2", 270
Cathedral Christian High School
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HIGH SCHOOL Three-time captain and four-year varsity starter... Three-time Division III All-State selection... Named All Southeast Texas Private School Player of the Year and district defensive MVP as senior... Three-year, two-way starter for Warrior squad that won Bi-District title in 2005 and went 2-7 in 2006... On offense, started at center as freshman and sophomore, moving to tackle as junior... Early in senior campaign, moved to quarterback in spread offense, throwing for 1,198 yards and 12 TDs... Threw for more than 250 yards in final three prep games... On defense, amassed 289 total tackles, 73 tackles for loss, 16.5 quarterback sacks and 15 forced fumbles during career... Outstanding catcher in baseball, twice All-State selection with .528 career batting average... Earned all-district honors in basketball.
PERSONAL Robert Daniel Ashabranner... Son of Bob and Dee Ashabranner.. Born Oct. 9, 1988 in San Antonio... Oldest of three siblings: sister Hannah, 14; and brother Wesley, 13... Dad played football collegiately at Stephen F. Austin (Texas) University... Dad served as Cathedral Christian defensive coordinator and teaches at school; mom is a registered nurse... Plans to major in education... First athlete in Cathedral Christian's six-year football history to earn Division I scholarship.
CATHEDRAL CHRISTIAN HEAD COACH SHAD SMITH
"Rob is the best overall athlete, the smartest athlete and the mentally toughest athlete on our team, no doubt. That's the reason we moved him to quarterback this season. We didn't start the season the way we wanted to, so decided that we were going to go with our best kid at quarterback. Rob was our best."
"Rob was a four-year starter and was an excellent leader on the field. Like most guys, he has to add some weight and strength, but Rob is very proportioned for his size and has excellent feet and hand quickness. He has the total package to be a college defensive lineman."