Coffeyville Community College (KS) linebacker/safety Larry Asante has garnered significant attention from schools in the Big 12 conference, landing offers from Iowa State, Kansas State and Nebraska. The 6-1 1/2, 215-pound Asante is interested in those programs, but is also interested in returning closer to his home state of Virginia.
After being at Annandale High School for his first three years of high school, Asante transferred to Hayfield High School for his senior year. He drew attention from local programs, but never received any offers.
“I was getting recruited by Virginia Tech, UVa, Maryland and Marshall, but my ACT score hadn’t been good enough,” recalled Asante, now rated a four-star prospect by Rivals and Scout. “I took it again the day before graduation. My mom called me and told me that it came back and I had scored a 24, so I qualified but I was already at Coffeyville. My coach told me I should stay up here.”
Asante was red-shirted his first year at Coffeyville, so he will have three years of eligibility remaining wherever he transfers. He is pleased that he stayed at Coffeyville, as he believes he has matured as a football player.
“Physically and mentally, I’ve improved,” said Asante. “I’ve gained about 10 pounds of muscle. I’ve become a student of the game. I’m a smarter football player than I was in high school.”
This season, Asante has played weak-side linebacker, a new position for him.
“I’ve been playing safety and tailback all my life. I came out here and I was playing safety all along, but we had two really good players already at safety,” Asante said. “I was the heavier, more physical guy of the three. Our coach didn’t want to sit any of us on the bench, so he put me at weak-side linebacker. Once I leave here, I plan on going back to my true position at safety.”
Asante is interested in the three schools that have offered. In fact, he has already made an official visit to Iowa State and has set official visit dates with Nebraska (November 24th) and Kansas State (December 15th). But he is also interested in returning closer to home.
“I have to say it would be nice to come back to East coast,” Asante said....
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