AUBURN, Ala. — Malcolm Askew was about to make one of the biggest statements of his young life, and he didn’t even get the chance to finish it.
Askew, a four-star athlete from McAdory (Ala.) High School, committed to Auburn during Big Cat Weekend on Saturday. His announcement set off a wild celebration.
“It was amazing. All the coaches ran over and tackled me,” Askew said. “It was a great feeling. They just came and bombarded me. I didn’t even finish what I was about to say. Everybody knew. It was crazy.”
Auburn has been the frontrunner for Askew for quite some time. The No. 10 athlete in the nation in the Class of 2017, Askew had more than 40 reported offers. He’ll likely be a defensive back for the Tigers.
While most of the elite prospects arrived at Auburn on Friday night or Saturday morning, Askew had been on campus since Monday for a week-long visit. He spent the past six days confirming that he wants to spend a lot more time here.
“Hanging with the players and just getting a vibe of the environment of the school,” Askew said about what he’s been up to this week. “I’ve walked around the campus by myself a lot, just meeting people, checking out the student center, a whole bunch of things. I wanted to get a feel for what it’s like to be a student and an athlete here.
“I’ve been in the process for a long time, but coming here this week, walking around and getting a feel for the campus, meeting the players,it pretty much confirmed what I already knew. I was pretty sure I knew where I wanted to go back when I made the visit and talked with Coach (Wesley) McGriff and Coach (Kevin) Steele back in January. Just spending this whole week with the coaches confirmed what I needed.”
Askew still will take all of his allotted official visits. He asked the Auburn coaches for permission to do so. He mentioned Oregon, TCU, Cal, Miami and Oklahoma as potential destinations.
He’s also already begun trying to lure other prospects to join him as an Auburn commit. He mentioned four-star running back Cam Akers and four-star linebacker Will Ignont, who was at Big Cat, as two of his big projects.
“Oh yeah, I’ll recruit everybody,” he said. “I’m excited because I know a lot of guys were waiting to see where I was going to go. I feel like we’re land going to land some big targets.”