January 23, 2008

Is Askew solid to Arkansas?

Talented defensive tackles are few and far in between, especially at this stage in the recruiting process. That's one of the reasons Lavunce Askew has to feel like a primary voter in Iowa in late December. If it's not one school's coaches giving their sales pitch, it's another these days.

"Well, let's see," he pondered when asked who'd been by to see him lately. "I'll just go back from Sunday. Let's see, Texas Tech came by on Monday, and then today (Tuesday), Ole Miss and Arkansas both came by."

Having already visited two of those three schools, Askew will trek to Mississippi to take his fifth and final visit of the recruiting process.

"I am still going to visit Ole Miss this weekend," he said. "And I am excited to get to spend a little time with Coach Rocker and everything."

Askew, who has been a traveling man over the last three weeks, actually saw the school he's currently committed to this weekend- Arkansas.

"It was great," he said. "You know, I've been there a few times, so it wasn't like a big shock or anything. You know, they're just good people up there. I did notice this time how the players aren't like scared of the coaches, but they still respect them. I liked that a lot."

When asked how the visit stacked up against his prior trips, Askew explained that he doesn't compare any of his visits publicly due to the fact that they're all so different. And just like his official visits, in-home visits are always a one of a kind experience with the 6-foot-2, 280-pound lineman.

"The Arkansas coaches, they came by today and we played some dominos and whatnot," he laughed. As for the dominos, who won? "Oh, you know I did! Come on man, I won by like 15 points. They couldn't handle what I had going on on offense and defense."

"Then, the Texas Tech coaches, Coach Riley and Coach McNeill, they were down here on Monday and we just had a good chat, you know," explained the three-star prospect. "They were just reminding me to make sure I did what I needed to do and to be true to my heart."

However, that may be easier said than done, as Askew's heart is a conflicted place right now.

"I am still deciding a week after the 25th," he stated. "And I'm going to hate it when I make that decision too, because one school's gonna be happy and one school's not, and I hate that I have to do that to someone. I'm going to hate doing it, but I've just got to try to do what's best for me. I really hope that I make the right choice, but it's going to be a tough decision any way I look at it. I've just got to pray that I take the right path."

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