There was a full slate of high school games last weekend for Auburn recruits, and it looks like they — especially the running backs — are feeding off the same momentum as the current Tigers.
Auburn’s future looks bright. The 13 players in the 2017 class, at least the uninjured ones, have the look of early contributors. There are still 10-plus spots to fill this cycle, but the group already on board is showing promising flashes during their senior seasons.
That continued Thursday, Friday and Saturday with a few standout performances:
Octavius Matthews stays hot at RB
For one reason or another, Devan Barrett and Alaric Williams have been the more mentioned running back commits. But don’t forget about Octavius Matthews, the junior college commitment from Itawamba C.C. (Miss.).
Matthews shined Thursday in his team’s victory. It was perhaps his best performance at the junior college level.
Matthews rushed for 115 yards and a 24-yard touchdown. This season, he’s averaging 6.7 yards per carry. He’s been a contributor as a pass-catcher out of the backfield as well, with 12 catches for 174 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Chandler Wooten pressures … everyone
One of Auburn’s two linebacker commits, Wooten picked up an offer from Georgia last week that caught people’s attention. He re-affirmed his commitment to Auburn.
With Auburn linebackers coach Travis Williams in attendance, Wooten put on a show in North Cobb’s victory against Marietta on Senior Night.
The future Tigers linebacker had four tackles and pressured the quarterback, but his two biggest plays of the night change the course of the game. Wooten blocked a kick, and he had a tackle for a loss.
Devan Barrett does Devan Barrett things
The numbers this guy has put up this season, in less games than most, are astonishing.
In just five games, Barrett has 675 yards rushing and 5 touchdowns. He’s added 159 receiving yards. That all includes another standard, dominant performance from Barrett on Friday, when he rushed 14 times for 92 yards.
He scored a touchdown and also caught 3 passes for 13 yards.
Malcolm Askew, the poised QB
It’s been mentioned many times that Malcolm Askew is stepping out of his comfort zone to play quarterback for his high school and is still excelling.
Askew completed 9 of his 15 pass attempts for 121 yards and 2 touchdowns. His passing statistics have improved from week-to-week this season, as Askew plays quarterback instead of his college fit in the defensive backfield.
This season, Askew has 1,158 yards passing and 13 touchdowns. His speed has shown in the ground game, too, with 473 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns.
Tray Bishop carries Terrell County to victory
Yet again, Tray Bishop did it all for his high school team.
Bishop returned from a bye week with an all-around performance — 62 rushing yards, 42 passing yards and 2 touchdowns with six tackles and an interception on defense. Bishop could play quarterback or safety for Auburn. On Fridays, he’s proving himself capable of doing either.
This season, on offense: 1,344 total yards and 12 touchdowns.
Defensively, he’s got four interceptions. Check out his latest showcase here.
Highlight of the weekend, courtesy of Carlito Gonzalez
I’ll let the tape do the talking, but safety commit Carlito Gonzalez did his high school team some favors Friday with this heads-up play reminiscent of the legendary Plains moment.
Here it is.
Gonzalez is a stat-stuffer. He does a lot of things well: 33 tackles, 2 interceptions, 1 forced fumble, 73-yard fumble recovery TD, 2 pass breakups, 3 TFLs.
Other notable performances
- RB Alaric Williams: 9 carries for 71 yards
- LB Tadarian Moultry: 10 tackles, 6 solo
- Safety Jordyn Peters: 6 tackles, 4 solo
- Kicker Anders Carlson: 5-of-5 on PATs, 46.7 yards per punt