2017 standout Askew visits ‘Bama

Alabama is well into its fall camp, but recruiting is never truly dead at any point in the season. Still evident over the weekend, Alabama continues to court multiple classes at once, hosting one of the top rising-sophomores in the state.

When there aren’t a slew of recruits on campus at one time, any standout would feel like Malcolm Askew did on Saturday, while at Alabama.

“I went to ‘Bama Saturday on an unofficial,” he said. “Man it was great, they treated me better than the players’ parents, I was in the box and they were outside in the rain.”

Of course, the class of 2017 athlete from McCalla (Ala.) McAdory was referring to his vantage point during Nick Saban’s scrimmage, where he was later able to hear from several Alabama assistants throughout the day.

“I talked to probably the whole coaching staff, except Coach Saban, he was busy,” Askew said. “But Coach (Kirby) Smart, (Billy) Napier, (Burton) Burns, Bobby Williams, (Kevin) Steele and Coach (Mario) Cristobal spoke to me. They said they have never seen a guy like me, so athletic, to go from safety to corner, wide receiver, quarterback and play them all at a high level.

“They are recruiting me as a safety right now, but I think I may be going as an athlete.”

Currently listed at 6-foot, 165 pounds, after a noted performance at Alabama’s summer camp, the versatile two-way prospect has a growing relationship with many after his latest trip to Tuscaloosa.

“It’s great,” he said of his relationship with Smart, in particular. “It’s basically great with all of the coaches, to be honest. Coach Cristobal and Coach Smart are supposed to check out my first few games on tape, they want film before an offer is being thrown out.”

Already claiming an offer from Georgia after a camp showing in Athens later in the summer, pairing it with a Crimson Tide extension could mean even more to the projected defensive back.

“An offer from them would mean a lot, because I love the way the run things at ‘Bama so much,” Askew said. “And how they are teaching their players not to be successful just on the field, but as a man and how to be a champion in everything they do.

“Them offering me would mean the most to me and obviously, they probably have the best program in the nation.”

In between catching up with coaches, the young talent kept a close eye on the current version of the Crimson Tide during the scrimmage.

“Kenyon Drake, Jacob Coker, Tony Brown, Ronnie  Clark and Cyrus Jones stood out,” he said. “Drake is probably the big home run threat, he had the biggest play of the day, a 50-yard run. Coker is real calm and collected, he goes through his reads and hits open guys. Tony impressed me the most, because Amari Cooper beat him for a TD on a fade route, then the very next play, he picks it off. Ronnie plays real mature, not like a freshman. He held his own the whole scrimmage with an interception, too, and Cyrus was just lockdown the whole scrimmage.”

Askew plans on returning to Tuscaloosa for select game days during the 2014 season.

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