AUBURN, Ala. — Malcolm Askew’s return trip to Auburn over the weekend solidified his previous assessment of the school.
The Tigers lead for the four-star athlete, and the gap between other programs continues to widen.
“Auburn is absolutely the No. 1 school right now,” said the McCalla native, who was one of several recruits in attendance for Auburn’s A-Day spring game over the weekend.
Ole Miss and Clemson had emerged in recent weeks as possible threats to Auburn’s standing with Askew, who said last month the Tigers had just a narrow lead. Since then, however, he’s changed his tune.
“The gap is getting larger from the other schools,” Askew said. “Auburn is really separated right now. They’re the clear-cut No. 1.”
A decision could also come sooner than expected. Askew had planned to announce his commitment between August and October, but he hinted it could come sooner after his visit to Auburn on Saturday.
“It might get done earlier than what it is right now,” he said. “I had the August to October, but after today’s visit, it could possibly come sooner.”
Askew will return to Auburn later this summer and he plans on staying for a week. His familiarity with the coaching staff, particularly with Gus Malzahn, has made the Plains an attractive destination for the No. 9-rated player in Alabama.
“Everybody knew me when I walked through the door,” Askew said of his visit. “Everybody was welcoming. Everybody knows my name. It was kind of like the feeling I had back when I was at Georgia last summer.”
Aside from Malzahn, Askew has grown closer with defensive backs coach Wesley McGriff, whom he saw coach for the first time over the weekend.
“He was getting after it. When they were making mistakes, he was chewing them out,” Askew said of McGriff. “But I like how he coaches. He’s a great guy.”
The McAdory product is rated the No. 11 athlete in the country. Askew plans on unveiling his top schools in the coming weeks.