Checking in on Oscar Smith’s Junior Class

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Oscar Smith’s (Chesapeake, VA) standout junior class is highlighted by four potential Division 1A prospects. So far, head coach Rich Morgan says that two of the four prospects currently boast Division 1A scholarship offers. Leading the way is 6-0, 215-pound linebacker Jerod Askew , who tallied 126 tackles including 25 tackles for loss and 13 sacks last season.

Coach Morgan updated Askew’s recruitment.

“N.C. State, West Virginia and Maryland have offered,” Morgan said. “He went to a Maryland junior day two weekends ago. It was Jerod, Tim [Smith] and [sophomore quarterback Phillip] Sims. He is going to go to West Virginia for the spring game. He plans on going to N.C. State at some point before the summer. He is happy with the offers he has. He is going to get more, but I think he is pleased with what he has right now.”

Virginia Tech is showing interest in Askew as well as in wide receiver/defensive back Tim Smith, but neither has been offered just yet.

“[The Virginia Tech coaches] have been in, seen them, got film and said they liked them,” Morgan said. “I haven’t heard back in a few weeks. I don’t know if they are still in the evaluation stage or what. I know Tech has to be really careful with how many guys they offered because they took 31 players last year. But they haven’t offered any of our kids yet.”

Askew does not have a decision timetable, but he will likely evaluate everything more closely after the May evaluation period.

“It is way too early to start thinking about a decision,” Morgan said. “He and our other guys are still in the process of seeing who will offer. About 10-12 schools have tape. By the end of May, when he has all the offers he is probably going to get at this stage, it’ll be time to settle down and see where he is in the process.”

Askew has three offers in the fold, while 6-1, 190-pound wide receiver/defensive back Tim Smith has two.

“Tim has official offers from West Virginia and Maryland,” Morgan said.

“Tim has so many physical tools at wide receiver. He was the fastest kid on the field every Friday night last season. I don’t care about the 40s. I noticed