"He committed to Auburn this morning," East Coweta Coach Ahmad Tinker tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "Auburn is getting a very smart player that has tremendous upside at the position of safety. He can cover a lot of ground at the position. He's a tremendous tackler in regards to coming downhill on run support. It's amazing that he's so good when he has really only played the position for one year.
"He's a converted receiver and played that position for three years. He did an outstanding job of coming up and learning all the fundamentals that it takes to be a defensive back. I think Coach Harbison and Coach Smith are going to turn him into a great defensive back once they get him there and he has an opportunity to learn more fundamentals and the little things about playing the position."
Despite taking an official visit to Nebraska over the weekend, Boston's mind was on Auburn following a three-hour unofficial trip last week when he and his mom spent a great deal of time with Malzahn and assistant coaches Charlie Harbison and Melvin Smith. Already very familiar with the campus and program, Boston had the opportunity to learn more about the coaching staff and liked what he saw.
"I have been there before so I have experienced everything," Boston says. "I just like being around the coaches a lot. They show me a lot of love."
With a need at the safety position Boston is a player who could come in and compete for playing time right away with seniors Ryan Smith and Ryan White gone. Because returning starter Jermaine Whitehead will be a senior next fall that leaves even more of a hole at the safety position for the 6-2, 198 Boston.
A big reason for his decision is proximity. Located around an hour away from Auburn up interstate 85, Boston would be close to home and would give his family a chance to watch him play every Saturday. That's a big deal for the athletic defensive back.
"I think it was a huge factor," Tinker said. "Markell has a four-year old little brother and one thing we talked about is that it gives him an opportunity to be a role model for a little brother. In his household family is a very important thing with his mother and grandmother being the two most important people in regards to raising him. That's huge that he's able to stay close so they can see him play on a daily basis instead of on TV."
As a senior Boston made 105 tackles with four interceptions, two of which he returned for touchdowns. He also added five pass breakups and two forced fumbles.
Boston becomes the 21st commitment for the Auburn Tigers in the 2014 recruiting class. Signing day is this Wednesday, Feb. 5.
(More to come.)