Askew Still Looking

When Askew named A&M his clear leader, many Aggie fans hoped his recruitment was about to be over. However, the story may have just begun for this talented prospect, who continues to receive attention from schools across the country. Aggie Websider finds out where he stands.

When Texas A&M made an aggressive push on many of their top targets last month during spring practices, the staff reeled in many coveted prospects. In fact, the Aggies' verbal commit list grew to 16 by the end of May. San Antonio Madison wide receiver Nate Askew was one of the many recruits to attend an A&M practice, and shortly after returning announced that Texas A&M was his clear leader. A month later the 6-foot-4, 215-pound pass catcher has seen several more suitors enter the picture, and he wants to see what some schools have to offer.

"I'm still high on A&M, but I want to see other schools," Askew said. "Oklahoma State recently offered. My teammate Kris Caitlin liked it there and they will have some openings at receiver after next year so I should get playing time early. I also want to see Texas Tech again, and maybe some other schools. "

Askew is just now getting back on the football field for the remainder of spring practice after completing his track season last week where his 4x100 relay team had a disappointing end to its season at the regional track meet.

"We were in third and going strong. I thought we were going to qualify for state," Askew said. "But our No. 3 man dropped the stick before he got to me. That happens sometimes."

While the goals of the relay team fell short, the track season was a big success for the tall receiver. The one question with several high D-1 schools involves his speed at the next level. Askew says those questions should be answered with his improved speed over the offseason.

"I ran track to help improve my speed. I've worked really hard this year and it's paying off," Askew said. "I haven't been timed in the forty, but I guess I'm in the low 4.5's now. I'm blowing by our cornerbacks this spring, and I couldn't do a lot that last year. I'm also accelerating out of my cuts quicker."

It seems colleges are taking notice with the recent OSU offer and the newfound interest from Texas and Oklahoma among others. Florida is a school that previously intrigued the Madison High playmaker who caught 51 passes for 933 yards and nine touchdowns.

"I've only been back a few days but a bunch of coaches from A&M, Tech, Baylor, OSU, and Vanderbilt have come by practice," Askew said. "Texas is starting to come around too. Something came up with Florida and they couldn't make it."

Askew indicated that he'd like to visit a few schools and is considering participating in summer camps at Texas A&M, OSU, and possibly Texas Tech. After making the rounds and seeing his favorites this summer, the three-star receiver would like to make a final decision by the end of the summer. Currently he claims no leader.




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