The state’s most highly recruited 2009 class linebacker, Oscar Smith’s (Chesapeake, VA) Jerod Askew , narrowed his long list of schools to seven but likely will not be able to make any college visits this summer. Therefore, do not expect the 6-0, 230-pound prospect to make a college decision before the start of his senior season.
“If I don’t make any summer visits, I’ll have to narrow it down to five and make all five official visits,” Askew said.
Askew’s final seven includes programs from four major conferences.
“West Virginia, Tennessee, Alabama, Maryland, Michigan, Virginia Tech and South Carolina,” Askew replied when asked which programs made the final cut.
“These are the finalists because I grew up liking most of them. There is definitely a need for linebackers at the schools, plus I like the schemes they run and I think I fit in pretty well.”
Virginia Tech, led by primary recruiter Curt Newsome, extended a scholarship offer in the Evaluation Period. Askew has not visited Tech – of his favorites, he has only visited Maryland and West Virginia – but he does see an opportunity in Blacksburg.
“They are recruiting me to play inside linebacker. They are recruiting me to play the Mike,” Askew said. “As for why they made the cut, they have a need for linebackers. Two of their top guys graduated this year. And we have players up there like Greg Boone, so I know transportation wouldn’t be an issue.”
A player Oscar Smith head coach Rich Morgan says has “tremendous instincts,” Askew racked up 126 tackles including 25 tackles-for-loss and 13 sacks this past season as a junior. Recruiting has been a focus of his, but the most important focus is getting ready for the 2008 season.
“We are focused on getting to the state finals. Right now, we’re trying to get the team together. We have some up-and-comers for next year,” Askew said. Oscar Smith fell just short of the state finals last season. “It’ll be my senior year. All I can do is give it all I can. I’ll put it all out there, especially as one of the leaders.”
Askew, who has added about 15 pounds since last season, is pleased with how his off-season has gone.
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