Athletic Askew

Cadem Fairview's LaVunce Askew (6-3, 260, 4.8), considered the state's top defensive tackle prospect, will be on hand for Houston Nutt's Football Camp that starts on Sunday night.

Just a year ago, unheralded Camden Fairview defensive end Lavunce Askew made quite the name for himself as a rising junior at Houston Nutt's Football Camp.

There's probably very few college coaches who don't know his name now that he is a rising senior.

Askew (6-3, 260, 4.8) will be back in Fayetteville again on Sunday for this year's event with a plethora of offers, including the first one he got from the Razorbacks.

"I am looking forward to getting back up there," Askew said. "I've always had good feelings about the Razorbacks' program."

Arkansas joins Tennessee, Auburn, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Oklahoma State, Clemson, Texas Tech, Washington and Tulsa , Arkansas State and UCA as teams Askew reeled off that have offered.

He joins quarterback Jim Youngblood (6-3, 212) – an Arkansas commit – and running back De'Anthony Curtis (5-11, 211) as Camden Farivew standouts that are D-1 prospects and who will be in the camp this week.

That's after having nearly 40 college coaches come to Camden watch them go through spring practice.

"It was just a regular deal for us – practicing to win, playing to win," Askew said. "We didn't change anything because more people were showing up to watch us practice. It was nice to have all the attention, but we didn't try to do anything different because we had an audience."

While Youngblood has already ended his recruiting process by committing to the Razorbacks and Curtis has stated plans to do so before his senior season begins, Askew knows he at least once to take some visits.

"I want to take some visits and make sure I am making the right decision," Askew said. "I know that after coming to Arkansas, I also want to visit Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Mississippi, Tennessee and try to visit Texas Tech."
Askew's combination of size and speed is obviously very pleasing to college coaches.

"I think I can get better at everything," Askew said. "You can never be satisfied – whether it be my tackling and speed or whatever. I feel good about a lot of things, but want to keep working hard to get better."
Camden Fairview, which won its first 11 games last season before falling to Pulaski Academy in the playoffs, is expected to be one of the best – if not the best – high school teams in Arkansas this upcoming season.

"We went to a team camp at UCA and I thought we were the best team there," Askew said. "I think we have a lot of talent, but I think another big thing is that we are all about the team, we play for each other and we work hard every day to try and be the best we can be."

In addition to coming to Arkansas' camp, Askew is planning on going to camps this summer at Tennessee and Mississippi State.

Then it is back for preseason practice with a scrimmage set for Aug. 20 against talented Warren and the season opener with El Dorado at home on Aug. 31.

"I think we have a chance to have a really special year," Askew said. "That is what we are all working for this summer."


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