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Askew one of Arkansas best

Camden (Ark.) Fairview defensive lineman Lavunce Askew is a Rivals250 to watch member and is one of the best overall prospects in the Natural State for the Class of 2008.
The 6-foot-3, 260-pounder has two offers, from Arkansas and Washington, and is getting plenty of interest from a number of other schools.
The Razorbacks typically offer the best players from their state, but the Huskies aren't exactly an active recruiting program in Arkansas.
"One day Washington started sending me letters and then one day my dad called me and told me I had a full scholarship offer from Washington. I thought to thank the Lord for it. It's a blessing to have offers."
Askew also is getting attention by way of mail from Oklahoma State, Southern California, Ole Miss and Florida. He says that those four programs, along with Arkansas and Washington are the ones he is focused on at the moment.
He also talked about his opinion of the in-state Hawgs.
"It's a great program," he said. "They have a great coach. I have a lot of good chemistry with the defensive line coach, Tracy Rocker. I went to their camp my sophomore year and he offered me."
He added that his final decision likely will not come down to football.
"I can tell you that the school I pick, it's not going to be because they are good or aren't good," he said. "I want to know what kind of degree I am going to get. I have educational goals."
Askew says that a great work ethic makes him one of the best in Arkansas.
"I have a lot of God-given talent, but I work hard at it," he said. "I am the type of person who is lifting weights when other people are asleep."
Two of Askew's teammates, running back De'Anthony Curtis and quarterback Jim Youngblood are Division I-A prospects as well. They play at the same high school as former University of Arkansas standout offensive lineman Shawn Andrews, who plays for the Philadelphia Eagles.