Scout.com top-300 prospect talks visits and more

Malcolm Askew out of McCalla, Ala., took in a recent visit to Ole Miss. The 6-foot-1, 180-pound cornerback talks visits and more below.

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"I've been over there to Ole Miss a few times before," Askew said. "This time I just wanted to take everything in. I just happened to get off the phone with (Ole Miss running back coach Derrick) coach Nix. He told me I was their No.1 cornerback on their board. They have been recruiting me hard, really hard. They send me so many hand written letters. I get one every day from them. I just like the type of people they have coaching over there. They are high character coaches. I like how they use their players too. They are telling me they are going to bring in a big group of defensive backs in this class. They want me to be a part of it."

The Rebels graduating their starting safeties this season. They have a senior and junior that start at cornerback. Opportunities are on the board.

"That means a lot to me. I like the way they use their defensive backs too. They rotate a bunch of in and out. That gives you a good chance to get on the field early in your career. It also helps you stay fresh on the field. That way you can play to the best of your ability. I sat down with their defensive coordinator (Dave Wommack) on my visit. We watched a lot of film. I watched all of the different schemes they use. They use so many different schemes. It's exciting to know you can be a part of it. I love how they play defense. I know if I go there I'll have a chance to achieve everything I need to achieve in college. He's a great defensive coordinator."

The Rebels went over how they would use the '15 All-State performer.

"I love to play man and that's what they want me to do. They play a lot of man. They play some off man too. Like I said, they play so many different schemes. They love to disguise them. You could be in five different coverages on five different plays. It's crazy how many different coverages they use. I love how they mix it up."

How long had it been since he last visited?

"The Texas A&M game. This trip I had a better chance to just take it all in. A lot of my prior visits were for football games and camps. My mom and dad came with me on this visit. They loved it. They like how together everybody is around there. We got to hang out with all of the coaches this time. We went over to the academic center and got a view of what it would be like to be a student there. They are a top school for me that I know a lot about. This trip just gave me a chance to see what it would be like if I were an every day student there."

The family atmosphere at Ole Miss has been mentioned by many prospects and Askew feels like that issue stands out above the rest.


"I just like the family atmosphere they have over there. I get along with all of their coaches, and the coaches get along with all of their players. I feel at home there because of the connection I have with their coaches. I'm real comfortable on their campus. I know if I play there I will be taken care of on and off the field. It's not all about business there. It's a fun place to be. They make it enjoyable on and off the field over there. That's what stands out about Ole Miss the most to me."

Malcolm went to Clemson's and Auburn's Junior Days the weekend before he visited Ole Miss.

"I like Clemson because of the system they have. Coach Dabo has a great thing going on over there. They played for the national championship. I think they are going to continue to go a long way as long as coach Dabo is there. All of their coaches are really close with their players. They have fun over there as well. It's not all business. They are winning games and enjoying it while taking care of business. They graduate over 90% of their players and get a lot of them to graduate in three years. Coach Dabo talked to my parents. He's from Alabama too. He knows how the process goes. He's just a great guy to be around."

"Auburn's old defensive back started recruiting me but now he's gone. The visit game me a chance to see what coach McGriff is all about. He's a really cool guy to be around. I liked him a lot. Coach (Gus) Malzahn is a straight forward guy. He says I'm the best defensive back in the state of Alabama, and he has to have me. They told me I would get immediate playing time if I came there, and coach McGriff would help get me prepared for the NFL in three years. Their campus is beautiful too. It's compact. It was a great visit. It was really perfect."

The other home state school, Alabama, is also still in the picture.

"I pretty much know everything there is to know about Alabama. They obviously win a lot of games. Coach Pruitt recruited me real hard when he was at Georgia. He's at Alabama now. It's almost a better thing for me. I want to see where I stand with coach Saban now. That's what I want to find out. The campus life at Alabama is great."

Georgia was once in the picture but the change of staffs has taken them out of the game.

"They are pretty much out of it now. I'm going in a different direction."

Who else is still in the picture?

"Florida is trying to get me down there for a visit. The new defensive back coach from Virginia Tech has been getting in touch with me. Those are the ones that are really standing out for me right now."

Askew is a December graduate so a decision will come sooner than later.

"I'm an early enrollee so the time-table is for me to make a decision by the middle of my senior season. I want to take my officials. Those visits will be a big part of my decision."


Yancy Porter is the Ole Miss recruiting analyst for Scout.com and he can be reached at yporter@scout.com.


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