Malcolm Askew, a 4-star prospect from McCalla, Ala., almost committed to UGA this summer. He’s had UGA as his top school for quite some time.
That has changed. The McAdory High School standout tweeted on Wednesday morning that UGA was no longer his leader. That seemed to be a logical progression given the news of Kirby Smart‘s impending hire as head coach plus the reports coming out that current defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt was not likely to be retained by UGA.
This is a rare early instance in which Smart does not give the program an advantage based on the recruiting ties he established as the defensive coordinator at Alabama. Askew had the Crimson Tide at No. 11 when he released his Top 20 back on Nov. 21. That was surprising considering the Alabama campus is located less than 45 miles from his high school in suburban Birmingham.
The 6-foot, 175-pounder is rated as the nation’s No. 13 athlete for the Class of 2017.
He also did not wish to field any questions or interview requests. Askew was projected to play cornerback at the next level. His top schools on that Top 20 list were UGA, Clemson and Ole Miss.
The University of Georgia is No Longer My Leader. No Questions or Interviews, Thank You.
— Malcolm Askew™✨ (@MacAskew4) December 2, 2015
Jeff Sentell covers UGA recruiting for AJC.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play Between the Hedges.