BUFORD, Ga. — Malcolm Askew hasn’t hidden from the fact that Auburn has been in the lead for his services for most of March. On Sunday, however, he revealed what has kept two other teams in the chase.
Relationships are key. The four-star athlete from McAdory High School (McCalla, Ala.) will also consider immediate playing time in his recruitment. The latter helps Ole Miss’ chances.
“Ole Miss, I can come in and play wide receiver or defensive back,” said Askew, who is the No. 11 athlete in the nation and the No. 10 overall prospect in Alabama. “They just need me. They’re also a real (coaching) staff with me. I have a great relationship with (running backs) coach (Derrick) Nix and all those guys.”
Ole Miss isn’t the only school challenging Auburn for Askew. Clemson is also close behind, thanks to a strong bond with the program’s coaching staff, namely head coach Dabo Swinney.
“Great relationships,” the 6-foot, 175-pound Askew said. “Coach Dabo, he’s a great coach and he’s got great things going up there.”
Regarding Clemson hanging tough, Askew added:“It is because they’re like a family. Any time they come in, they’re going to treat you like you’re their son. That’s what I like about them. Every coach can be like a dad to me. That’s just the great thing about it.”
Askew doesn’t have long to make up his mind. He plans to announce his decision in August with plans to enroll at whichever school he chooses in January.
“That way I can get those transcripts over and things like that,” Askew said.
Despite other schools being in hot pursuit, Askew reaffirmed Sunday at Nike’s The Opening camp what he told SEC Country earlier this month.
“Auburn is my leader right now,” he said. “I’m going to come up with a top five. I know two that will be in that list, Ole Miss and Clemson. I know they’ll definitely be in my top five. The other two, I’m just trying to figure everything out.”