December 4, 2007

Leach's in-home impressed Askew

Much has been made about the effects of this year's coaching carousel on recruiting, specifically with regards to the recruits of schools like Arkansas, Texas A&M, and Nebraska. One of those recruits, defensive lineman Lavunce Askew, has been on a roller coaster-esque ride in the world of recruiting lately, and it doesn't look like he'll be getting off anytime soon.

The process is really heating up for the three-star prospect, who hosted several coaches from Texas Tech into his home on Friday and had an audience with a coach from Arkansas at his school on Thursday.

According to Askew, the Tech coaches made quite an impression.

"They sent four coaches out to see me and my family," he explained. "They sent Coach Riley, Coach Ruff, Coach Simmons, and Coach Leach. It was a cool visit and we really enjoyed our time with them."

The 6-foot-3, 280-pound lineman says the meeting left his parents impressed.

"My parents liked 'em," he laughed. "My dad loved 'em. We talked a lot about school and a lot about sports, for like two hours. I had fun with it and I know my parents did too."

As for his conversation at school on Thursday, Askew says he's in a holding pattern.

"We talked to the running backs coach (Tim Horton) up at the school," he explained. "He was trying to set up and in-home with me and then just telling me about everything at Arkansas with the coaching situation and stuff. He said he didn't know what was going to happen."

However, Horton wasn't the only coach from Arkansas that Askew spoke to over the weekend. He also had a conversation with defensive line coach Tracy Rocker, who is rumored to have committed to following departed Arkansas coach Houston Nutt to Ole Miss. Rocker is also a vital cog in Askew's recruitment and the lineman has said in the past few weeks that if Rocker left Arkansas, it would impact his decision.

"I talked to Coach Rocker too," he said of the coach who has recruited him for the Razorbacks. "He said he doesn't know what he's doing. He said he wants to stay at Arkansas if the new coach would let him stay. He also said he wasn't going to Ole Miss and that that was just a rumor that people were spreading."

Though the last few months have been hectic for Askew, it sure looks like the next two could be even more complicated. While the situation is certainly fluid and could change if Rocker leaves Arkansas, at this point, it looks like it's still a two-horse race for the defensive tackle's services.

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