Following an unofficial visit to Auburn less than two weeks ago, Malcolm Askew declared the Tigers his clear-cut leader.
The gap between Auburn and other contending schools, however, is narrow enough to close. And it would appear Clemson and Ole Miss, in particular, are right on the program’s heels for the four-star athlete from McAdory (McCalla, Ala.) High School.
“Auburn is still the leader,” said Askew, who competed in the Nike Regional Combine in Atlanta over the weekend. “I’m going to release a top five soon, a legit top five. Auburn is still the leader. I’m going to take another visit to Ole Miss and talk to Hugh Freeze again. Me and my family are narrowing it down. We’re looking at a timetable between August and October, somewhere in there (to make a decision). That’ll be my final decision because I’m going to be an early enrollee, so, that’s why I want to get it out of the way before my senior season.”
Askew, rated the No. 11 athlete in the country, anticipates Clemson and Ole Miss will be among his final schools when he releases his list in the coming weeks. The remaining, however, have yet to be determined.
“There is still a gap,” Askew said. “Whoever wants to push hard for me before I make that decision. It’s real close. Ole Miss and Clemson are strong in there, and Alabama and Florida are creeping up. Those schools are who I’m focusing on.”
The Tigers are recruiting Askew as a defensive back, one who can play both cornerback and safety. Coach Gus Malzahn will look to bolster the position group after signing just two defensive backs in the 2016 recruiting cycle, and the in-state athlete is certainly among the program’s top targets.
What will it take for Auburn to maintain its position with Askew?
“Just continue to recruit me and talk to me,” he said. “They check in on me every day, almost. As long as that relationship continues to build, they’ll stay in that spot.”
All rankings are according to the 247Sports Composite