Linebacker Askew picks Vols

Jerod Askew signs with the Vols

Jerod Askew

Jerod Askew

Jerod Askew, regarded as one of the nation’s top linebackers, has committed to Tennessee.

Askew, a 6-foot, 230-pounder from Oscar Smith High School in Chesapeake, Va., chose the Vols after whittling his final list to Tennessee, West Virginia, Alabama, Maryland and South Carolina.

"He visited Tennessee last week and he just said 'Coach, I’m done. Tennessee is where I want to go,' '' Oscar Smith coach Richard Morgan told the Virginian-Pilot.

Askew last season had 120 tackles – 24 for loss – and 14 sacks.

“He’s a rare combination of size and speed and athletic ability that you don’t see in high school football much,” Morgan told the newspaper. “They’re getting a terrific linebacker and a great kid.”

Askew is UT's 18th commitment for the 2009 signing class.

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Comments » 106

CalPoly_Vol_Fan writes:

Finally!!! I am FIRST!

FLVol writes:

Great news on the recruiting front! This guy is big and fast could be another Al Wilson.

utvolz#637682 writes:

Welcome to the Big Orange Nation Mr. Askew.

auttat writes:

CalPoly, want a cookie? Or maybe more fitting, a cracker?

Interestingly enough, the recruits are sticking with their early commits and new ones are still coming in. Does anybody think this affects Fulmer's status for next year?

utvolz#637682 writes:

We had another LB here named Jerod and he did pretty good for himself in last year's NFL draft!

imw8n4u writes:

congrats calpoly - i'm sure your parents are proud

The_View_From_Memphis writes:

Great job coaches!! Please continue to ignore the negativeness that's being directed at your program, and continue to recruit good football players. To all you Fulmer hating, arm-chair coaches, he will continue to work as hard as he always has. The guy has not forgotten how to coach. Consider this view from Memphis, the SEC is simply much better and deeper than the 10yrs ago that most of you consistantly refer to. Stop looking behind, look ahead!!!! Go Vols!!!

Bruce_Pearl_Fan writes:

in response to FLVol:

Great news on the recruiting front! This guy is big and fast could be another Al Wilson.

Next Al Wilson? Wasn't Daniel Brooks suppose to fill that billing?

BRING BACK ROME, SPORTS NURSE MD

SemperVol writes:

MemphVol-
Latrell Scott was his recruiter. He actually hails from the Hampton area. I don't think Fulmer had much to do with his signing. I'd say thank Jerod Mayo and elevated play we've seen from previous outstanding linebackers..

volinky writes:

I love this...and I have to assume the recruits are being reassured that the coaching staff will be in tact for next year. Maybe we do need to "work like heck..." We are putting together a great class.

SemperVol writes:

It's nice thought if we could get this kid, Marlon Walls, and D.T. Shackelford to play like man-beasts. They all kinda fit the Tennessee mold of middle LB though. Not to mention that Nigel Mitchell-Thornton kid.

Glad to have 'em all. Hope they keep their head on straight. Mayo seemed to do that well...very professional. He knew how good he was and wasn't about to screw it up with off the field problems.

thesavageorange writes:

Now, on w/ the bad recruiting news.Stephon Gilmore the 4* Athlete from Rock Hill SC is set to decide on Friday and I think we have fallen to 3rd behind Bama & SC.He said there is a possibility he could delay and if he does we may be able to sway him.I have been wrong before and I hope I am this time.

byobbio writes:

Hopefully this will help right the ship. There will be good things to come for CPF and Tennessee. He's not done. Tennessee's not done.

volinky writes:

Savage - is this committment for real? Again, this tells me that someone on our current coaching staff will be the head coach next year.

Hopson2008 writes:

Please stop with the comparison between recruits and past superstars. Every linebacker that we recruit is "the next Al Wilson", every receiver we recruit is "the next Peerless", every DT we recruit is "the next John Henderson"...oh wait, we don't recruit DT's.

WeLoveTennesseeVols writes:

in response to The_View_From_Memphis:

Great job coaches!! Please continue to ignore the negativeness that's being directed at your program, and continue to recruit good football players. To all you Fulmer hating, arm-chair coaches, he will continue to work as hard as he always has. The guy has not forgotten how to coach. Consider this view from Memphis, the SEC is simply much better and deeper than the 10yrs ago that most of you consistantly refer to. Stop looking behind, look ahead!!!! Go Vols!!!

That's 18 negative sooth sayers, may your words turn into mothballs, and may posters like this inherit the "university".

WeLoveTennesseeVols writes:

in response to auttat:

CalPoly, want a cookie? Or maybe more fitting, a cracker?

Interestingly enough, the recruits are sticking with their early commits and new ones are still coming in. Does anybody think this affects Fulmer's status for next year?

Does anyone think cussing your wife out this morning could affect your marriage? Does your bossing your kids around lead to teen age drinking?

BigVolinCarolina writes:

UT has had success in getting good LB's out of Virginia. Hope that this continues...

WeLoveTennesseeVols writes:

in response to SemperVol:

MemphVol-
Latrell Scott was his recruiter. He actually hails from the Hampton area. I don't think Fulmer had much to do with his signing. I'd say thank Jerod Mayo and elevated play we've seen from previous outstanding linebackers..

Who recruited Latrell Scott? And would he have come to Tennessee if he hadn't like Coach Fulmer? And don't he and Coach Fulmer have conversations? Or did Latrell Scott talk to Mr. X, I mean Coach Mike Hamilton?

WeLoveTennesseeVols writes:

in response to thesavageorange:

Now, on w/ the bad recruiting news.Stephon Gilmore the 4* Athlete from Rock Hill SC is set to decide on Friday and I think we have fallen to 3rd behind Bama & SC.He said there is a possibility he could delay and if he does we may be able to sway him.I have been wrong before and I hope I am this time.

Let him go, we have plenty of good athletes, We all thought that you wanted defensive lineman?

BNR10 writes:

I don't know forsure but isnt tennessee in the top 10 for recruiting next year? anyone know?

thesavageorange writes:

volinky , it's solid.It's just been a matter of time for a while now.

WeLoveTennesseeVols ,

The only reason I said "bad news" is that he will end up either in our division or at our biggest rival.The D-lineman are still out there.I think we snag Hicks after homecoming, and we have a slight lead w/ Bonds.Plus we got ,what I believe, 2 good ones in Herbert & Hollins.Plus Marlon Walls will be back and should play DE.

agentorange writes:

in response to SemperVol:

MemphVol-
Latrell Scott was his recruiter. He actually hails from the Hampton area. I don't think Fulmer had much to do with his signing. I'd say thank Jerod Mayo and elevated play we've seen from previous outstanding linebackers..

to think a head coach has nothing to do with recruiting is RETARDED. Just thought I'd share.

thesavageorange writes:

BNR10 , we are currently 15th, but they only update once a week so Askew & Hollins aren't included.David Oku is also a Vol, but won't make it official until his dad gets back from Iraq later this month.All are 4*'s so I would think we will move into the top 8 or so.

johnnywhite#1354472 writes:

His name sounds like a Tennessee Linebacker... Great

MrBamSeydu writes:

this guy is gonna be a beast

miamiVOL writes:

Tajd Boyd, the #3 dual-threat QB from Hampton, VA has re-openned his recruitment (former WVU verbal) and is very, VERY high on the Vols, will be visiting for the Bama game.

http://rivals100.rivals.com/viewprosp...

Ironcity writes:

We are starting to see the washout of some of the CB going elsewhere and LB's and DL committing. It will be a good class if Fulmer can hold this team together but I just don't think this team has what it takes to pull the upsets it will need to pull to save Fulmer. One other thing please Chavis, let one Linebacker that is big and fast stay at linebacker.

TheFuj writes:

Sounds great. We will move him to D-end or tackle before he is a Soph

TheFuj writes:

As for the SEC being tougher each year, what does that have to with losing to a very poor UCLA team?

thesavageorange writes:

miamiVOL , I heard he was gonna look around , but haven't heard he has de-commited.Am I wrong?

FlaVol2 writes:

Somebody is doing something right on the recruiting scene. Good show Vol recruiters! Welcome to Tennessee Jerod. You will not be sorry. We need tough guys like you.

SemperVol writes:

Agent, WeLove,

Much. Had "much" to do with his recruiting. Did not say "nothing." It just looks like Scott merits a pat on the back for this one, just speculating though. I'd hate to say anything definitive...you'd berate me in a heartbeat. Don't paint me a Fulmer-hater and try not to jump to conclusions.

givehim6 writes:

Good pick up. Great to have you aboard Mr. Askew. I can't wait till next year.

Mansonlamps writes:

Who cares how many great recruits we get? As long as we have Foolmore around coaching them to play scared and giving playing time based on "loyalty" or seniority or whatever, as long as we have 3rd and Chavis playing the Mustang package against mediocre 3rd string qb's that lead to 27-24 losses, as long as we have a lousy kicking game, as long there is Meyer/Richt/Saban/Tubberville/Miles around to give Foolmore his beatdowns (he's 6-17 against them) then we'll ALWAYS be a mediocre program. How many times do you Foolmore-loving numbskulls have to be told? This is not the 90s and Foolmore isn't coaching against Donnan, Tiny Bowden, Mike Archer, and Mike DuBose? These chumps, who Foolmore built his record up against are long gone, replaced by hellions who routinely stop our guts out because we have a mediocre coach who is now over his head in the conference.!! God we have some of the dumbest fans in the world!

SemperVol writes:

miamiVol,

I wonder if this had anything to do with Askew committing? I'm willing to bet these guys played against each other in Norfolk / Hampton.

wkjq#213863 writes:

in response to FlaVol2:

Somebody is doing something right on the recruiting scene. Good show Vol recruiters! Welcome to Tennessee Jerod. You will not be sorry. We need tough guys like you.

Fulmer may actually be turning it around now. Sometimes things get worse before they get better. He may have been on the money with these new coaches, it may just take a little time for them to recruit some good players. Keep the faith-GO VOLS!

GoVol writes:

Oscar Smith has dominated this area for a few years now. Ever since Percy Harvin left Landstown for FL this H.S. has been really good. Their QB just announced VA Tech last week. Glad to have this kid because he is an awesome player.
Bad news is that Fulmer has had awesome talent in the past/present and doesn't know how to use it as effectively as he should.

murrayvol writes:

in response to thesavageorange:

BNR10 , we are currently 15th, but they only update once a week so Askew & Hollins aren't included.David Oku is also a Vol, but won't make it official until his dad gets back from Iraq later this month.All are 4*'s so I would think we will move into the top 8 or so.

Giving any thought to what might happen to the current recruiting list if the season goes south and moves the coaching change needle from possible to probable?

orangecountry21 writes:

savage, do you think we have a better shot at boyd, newsome, or another quarterback. and you know that oku is a ut solid?

AuburnFan writes:

Wow, he chose Tennessee over Alabama? Has this kid been watching any of the games this year? The future looks so much better for Alabama than Tennessee. As much as I despise Alabama, Saban has his act together, and knows how to turn a team around (in the winning direction, that is).

orangecountry21 writes:

auburnfan, i agree. what do you think our pitch is for these kids?

Checkerboard writes:

Big commitment. Glad to get some good news from the program.

volboy81 writes:

in response to Bruce_Pearl_Fan:

Next Al Wilson? Wasn't Daniel Brooks suppose to fill that billing?

BRING BACK ROME, SPORTS NURSE MD

its players like Daniel Brooks that have led us to be 2-3 right now...we've picked some lemons off the tree lately!

rocky_topper writes:

I will be feeling sorry for him just as I do Eric Berry for choosing this inept coaching staff to further his development!

DennisVols writes:

Great to have you as a Vol Jerod.

FLVol writes:

in response to Bruce_Pearl_Fan:

Next Al Wilson? Wasn't Daniel Brooks suppose to fill that billing?

BRING BACK ROME, SPORTS NURSE MD

I'm not sure how one has to do with the other. Daniel is a bust this guy hasn't set foot on campus...besides this guy has his head on right unlike the aforementioned Dan Brooks.

Rome stinks and I'm glad he's out of the market. Have a take go eat a steak.

KennesawVol writes:

in response to Mansonlamps:

Who cares how many great recruits we get? As long as we have Foolmore around coaching them to play scared and giving playing time based on "loyalty" or seniority or whatever, as long as we have 3rd and Chavis playing the Mustang package against mediocre 3rd string qb's that lead to 27-24 losses, as long as we have a lousy kicking game, as long there is Meyer/Richt/Saban/Tubberville/Miles around to give Foolmore his beatdowns (he's 6-17 against them) then we'll ALWAYS be a mediocre program. How many times do you Foolmore-loving numbskulls have to be told? This is not the 90s and Foolmore isn't coaching against Donnan, Tiny Bowden, Mike Archer, and Mike DuBose? These chumps, who Foolmore built his record up against are long gone, replaced by hellions who routinely stop our guts out because we have a mediocre coach who is now over his head in the conference.!! God we have some of the dumbest fans in the world!

Mega-dittos from Georgia.

orangecountry21 writes:

ohhhhhh savaaagggggggeeeee......

orangecountry21 writes:

aka a troll Mr Rollin.

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