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Askew on commitment: ‘I felt like it was a second home’

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After visiting Clemson on Saturday and receiving an offer from Clemson, Powder Springs (Ga.) McEachern High 2018 left-handed pitcher Keyshawn Askew announced a verbal commitment to head coach Monte Lee and the Tigers on Tuesday evening.

“Well first I called coach Lee and he was extremely excited,” Askew told The Clemson Insider. “The reason I decided to commit to Clemson is because I felt like it was a second home. The coaching staff treated my family and I with great respect, and it just felt like the best fit for me.”

Askew chose Clemson over North Carolina and Tennessee. The 6-foot-3, 175-pounder prayed about the decision with his family and said “today just felt right” to pull the trigger on the commitment.

“Clemson has always been a school I have wanted to go to since I was a child,” Askew said, “and they have always had a winning program throughout those years.”

What does Askew like about Lee and Clemson’s coaching staff?

“Coach Lee is a winner and I want to be coached by a winner,” Askew said, “and he’s a great guy and easy to talk to. The rest of the staff is great. They all are welcoming and fun to be around.”

Askew hits the high 80s on the mound right now, and his velocity is expected to increase.

“On the mound I am a guy who likes to work with my fastball early in counts because it moves a lot and creates deception to batters,” Askew said. “When I get to Clemson I would hope to be able to make a mark early in the pitching rotation.”

Askew said he will likely visit Clemson again in a couple of weeks.

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