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.