With three prospects holding Division 1A offers, Oscar Smith High School (Chesapeake, VA) no doubt has been buzzing with college coaches this Evaluation Period. Head coach Richard Morgan provided the latest on his three top 2009 class recruits – LB Tim Smith.
Askew, a 6-0, 220-pound middle linebacker, has been the Tigers most highly recruited junior to date. Alabama, Boston College, Clemson, Maryland, N.C. State, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia Tech are among the programs that have offered Askew, who racked up 126 tackles including 25 tackles-for-loss last season.
“Jerod has been offered by schools all across the country. I’ve had so many college coaches tell me he is the number one linebacker in the state,” Morgan said. “He’ll need to narrow his list this summer and figure out which schools he wants to visit. After May, I’m going to sit down with Jerod and his mother to see where he is on that.”
Askew, who has yet to narrow his list at all, has taken unofficial visits to Maryland and West Virginia. Some summer visits are likely, though Morgan acknowledges that Askew could end up taking all five official visits before making a decision.
Leaving the state of Virginia to play college football absolutely is an option, though Virginia Tech, which offered just recently, is hoping to make some inroads in the near future. But was Tech, which has limited scholarships available in this class, too late in offering?
“I wouldn’t say it’s too late. It’s just that a lot of schools have already offered and have been showing a lot of interest,” Morgan said. “But Virginia Tech is going to come through again next Wednesday or Thursday. The defensive coordinator is coming through to see if he can make an impression.”
Perry Jones and Askew may be the best one-two punch at the linebacker position in the state, but, at only 5-9, 185 pounds, Jones will have to play another position on the Division 1A level.
“Perry will probably be a strong safety in college. He’ll be a safety or boundary corner, I think,” Morgan said. “Those are the positions his skill-set translates to.”
Jones boasts two offers to this point, but Coach Morgan is hoping for more in the near future. The University of Virginia is one program that has expressed very heavy interest thus far.
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