December 21, 2007

Askew still somewhat unsettled

Though the recruiting quiet period has been relaxing for most students-athlete prospects, to say it has only been relaxing for defensive tackle Lavunce Askew would be a grotesque understatement.

Askew, a standout at Camden (AR) Fairview High School, has been committed to Arkansas since August, but opened his recruitment up slightly after the Razorbacks lost their head coach, making him a busy man. With all the attention Askew has been getting, it should come as no surprise that the star is ready for a break.

"Oh, it's definitely a relief," said a chuckling Askew of the break in recruiting contact. "I mean, it wasn't like unbearable or anything before, it's just that it's nice not to have to worry about it every day now. But you know me, I'm just focused on finals, focused on school. That's all I'm worried about right now."

Despite the Razorbacks' recent hiring of Bobby Petrino, Askew remains open to all comers.

"I'm open to all schools," explained the 6-foot-3, 280-pound lineman. "I'm still committed to Arkansas and everything, but I'm a soft verbal. I'm still listening to what all the schools have to say."

Having already taken official visits to Texas Tech and Oklahoma State, Askew says he plans to use the three remaining visits allotted to him on three SEC schools.

"I'm going to take official visits to Arkansas, Tennessee, and Mississippi State," he explained. "I don't know when or anything, but that's the plan for now."

He also has an unofficial visit on the docket.

"I'm still going to try to hit up Texas Tech on an unofficial," said Askew. "It'll be me and my dad. I don't know when that will be either, just whenever we can squeeze it in. I already went there on an official, but I just want my dad to see it and everything."

The three-star prospect says he'll then sit down and make his final decision.

"I'm going to have a final, solid decision sometime after I take those visits," he explained. "Who knows how long it will take, but that's what I'm planning to do for now."

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