Malcolm Askew: Bama Bred

Written by Malcolm Askew and Evan Miller 
Published Thursday, February 4, 2016

What’s going on everyone? This is Malcolm Askew here with the very first RecruitDiary. I am excited to join the movement and give the general public a little insight on what it is like to be recruited by some of the nation’s top schools. To be one of the few people able to tell their story in my own words is truly something special.

Me and Jamyest Williams
Me and Jamyest Williams

I am from McCalla, Alabama and attend McAdory High school, where I am set to graduate in 2017. However, I plan on graduating next winter and enrolling early in college to get a jumpstart on football and classes. I am six feet tall, and weigh close to one hundred and seventy five pounds. I am one of the top athletes in the nation and one of the top players in Alabama for the class of 2017. Throughout high school, I haven’t really had a single set position like most people. I have played all different positions on the field, including corner, safety, wide receiver, and quarterback. My senior season, I plan on continuing to play quarterback. My team will need me to step up and be a playmaker and lead the team on and off the field. At the next level though, I see myself playing defensive back, or really anywhere on the defense. Some schools are actually recruiting me to play offense, and I have been thinking about the possibility of playing both ways. So far I hold forty-five scholarship offers from schools around the country. It has been a blessing, and God has been really good to me, and I thank him everyday for the good and the bad. I’m just taking everything in right now and I have no leaders, but my top ten will come at the end of the summer.

The recruiting process is very stressful, but I enjoy it. I am planning to visit Clemson, Auburn, Alabama, Ole Miss, Florida, and Florida State in the next couple months. The best visit I have been on so far was the LSU vs. Arkansas game in Death Valley. LSU ended up losing the game but it was the best, most exciting atmosphere I have ever been a part of. LSU has an amazing game day experience, maybe one of the best in the nation. I have talked to a ton of coaches from all different schools, but the realest coach is Coach Derek Jones of Duke University. He always shoots it straight with me. The best recruiting pitch I have heard so far would have to be, “If you come here, graduate, and get your degree from this school, then your average starting salary is $106,000.” Three coaches that always stand out and are super cool guys to talk to have been Coach Collins, the defensive coordinator at Florida, Coach Townsend, the defensive backs coach at Mississippi State, and Coach Reed, the defensive backs coach at Clemson.

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My style of play is all mental; I am a student of the game and always look for new aspects to work on. I might not always be the quickest or strongest guy on the field, but I will always have the highest football IQ. I feel like no other player in the nation can come close to my feel and instincts for the game. I don’t have a favorite player because a lot of guys are fun to watch. There are so many great players that I can’t just pick one. Football has always inspired and fascinated me. I’ve always loved watching it, so I thought why not play the game I love so much? I got tired of just watching at the age of three. My dad tried to sign me up at three years old, but the league told him I couldn’t play until I was four. The last thirteen years have been football filled ever since. There are tons of different opinions on what makes a great football player but in my mind, having confidence in yourself and knowing you can do whatever you set your mind to is the most important aspect. Hard work, dedication, and always wanting to be better than the next guy will take you very far in both football and in life. Pushing yourself to the limit, never giving up on your dreams, and having faith in God will make you great.

Me and Coach Dabo Swinney
Me and Coach Dabo Swinney

The toughest player to play against is the player who plays his heart out and always gives everything he’s got on every play. He is someone who never gives up and plays every play like it’s his last. I hope to accomplish many things through playing football. I want people to know who God is and how powerful he is. I can do that by showing them how he has blessed me with this talent and the things I have achieved up to this point. I am a living testimony of how great God is and the things he can do in each and every person’s life. I don’t have a favorite football moment thus far because I try to enjoy every one, because I know that at some point I will have to walk away from the game forever. That being said, I do love beating a team and having a great game against them after they have been running their mouths all week. My favorite recruiting moment though is most definitely sitting in Coach Nick Saban's office on January 31, 2015, with arguably the best College Football Coach of all time, and him offering me a scholarship to come play football for the University of Alabama! This season went pretty well for me. I was voted All-State and also All-Metro. Our team lost in the second round, but it was okay since we were the region champs. Next year though, we want the state title; it would be the first in school history. My favorite part of the season was beating our cross-town rival, Bessemer City, in a sold out game where I had over a hundred yards receiving, two touchdowns, and also an interception.

My 7 on 7 coach, Byron Deviser, and myself at Auburn
My 7 on 7 coach, Byron Deviser, and myself at Auburn

I can not wait to share my story and give you insight on what it is like to be one of the nation's top recruit's. Follow me on Twitter @MacAskew4 to get updates on my season and also follow @RecruitDiaries to get updates about when all the diaries are posted.

     -Malcolm

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