Back for another week, Auburn’s commits continued to torch their high school counterparts.
Four-star athlete commit Tray Bishop had a bye week. There isn’t much to report statistically on long-snapper Bill Taylor. And offensive linemen Nick Brahms and Austin Troxell are out for the season with injuries.
Aside from that, the future of Tigers football looks bright. Here’s how the Auburn commits fared in their most recent performances:
Calvin Ashley wins in front of Auburn coaches
Auburn’s lone 5-star commit showed what an offense can look like with him blocking up front. Ashley continues to be a force, and this time, he did it with Scott Fountain and Gus Malzahn attending the game.
Ashley’s St. John’s College High School team defeated its opponent, 48-6. Ashley & Co. are averaging 32.5 points per game, and Auburn’s top offensive tackle commit is a big reason for that success.
Alaric Williams shines in defeat
One of Auburn’s three running back commits, Williams has put up eye-opening numbers when he’s been on the field. Since returning from a knee injury, Williams has been nearly unstoppable.
That didn’t change Friday, though his Southside (Ala.) team fell to Pullman (Ala.), 56-35. Still, Williams looked like the best player on the field.
He accumulated 236 total yards and 4 touchdowns, catching 3 passes for 150 yards and adding 86 rushing yards. On defense, he had an effect, too, forcing a fumble.
Malcolm Askew leads team to victory
Askew, once again, played a consistent game that helped his McAdory (Ala.) squad coast to a 38-14 victory. Playing quarterback, Askew continued his steady play with a 2-touchdown night.
Askew completed 6 of 8 passes for 134 yards and added 45 yards rushing on 5 carries.
Season totals: 1,037 yards passing, 10 touchdowns and only 1 interception.
Devan Barrett does it all … again
It was a modest Friday night for Barrett — but only by his standards. Barrett, much like Williams, has posted video-game kind of numbers throughout the 2016 high school season. It happened again Friday despite Barrett posting his lowest figures of the season. But low for Barrett is high for pretty much anyone else.
Barrett scored 2 touchdowns — 1 rushing and 1 receiving. His receiving touchdown was his only catch of the night, and it went for 49 yards. On the ground, Barrett racked up 58 yards on 12 carries, including the rushing score.
That brings Barrett’s season totals to 583 yards rushing, 146 yards receiving and 5 total touchdowns.
Chandler Wooten wreaks havoc
Wooten, along with Tadarian Moultry, has laid a solid foundation for the future of the linebacker position at Auburn. In North Cobb’s (Ga.) victory over North Paulding, Wooten created a world of problems for the opposing offense.
Wooten recorded 8 tackles and 2 pass breakups. But the biggest issues he caused came in the turnover department. He forced a fumble and recovered it in the team’s win.
That’s 65 tackles this season for the outside linebacker commitment, along with a sack and 3 pass breakups.
Octavius Matthews runs for, catches TD
Matthews adds to the lethal trio that is Auburn’s running back commitment list. As the top rusher for Itawamba Community College (Miss.), Matthews has been dangerous out of the backfield this season, but he’s also been a pass-catching threat in the slot.
On Thursday, he was both.
Matthews rushed 15 times for 105 yards and a touchdown, and snagged 3 passes for 27 yards and another score for Itawamba in the team’s 41-20 victory.
Anders Carlson, the quarterback?
OK, so it was only one pass, but it was a completion. The Classical Academy (Colo.) head coach told SEC Country earlier this season that the special teams coordinator nixed a potential fake field goal opportunity like Anders’ older brother, Auburn kicker Daniel Carlson, had this season.
He had a fake punt pass on Friday, though, as Carlson’s squad won 38-26. The fake punt pass resulted in a 7-yard completion and a first down.
Carlson also excelled in the things he always does well — making extra points and getting touchbacks. Carlson kicked off seven times in the victory and all seven went for touchbacks.
He hit all four of his extra-point attempts, however he went 0 for 2 on his field goal tries. One of those attempts came from 55 yards.
Joey Gatewood limited in loss
The dual-threat quarterback commit in the 2018 class has had to fill various roles for his Bartram Trail (Fla.) team. On Friday, that meant not taking any snaps from the quarterback position.
As a receiver and rusher, Gatewood had one of the quietest statistical performances of his career. He was held to 9 yards rushing and 5 yards receiving.
Gatewood still made an influence in the special teams game. He returned 2 kicks for a combined 52 yards. Gatewood has accounted for 7 touchdowns this season — 1 passing, 3 rushing and 3 receiving.