Jalen Wilkerson, a 6-4 1/2, 230-pound junior at Coffee High School, said the Tigers moved up his list of colleges of interest after spending time with Malzahn, position coach Scott Fountain and others.
"Auburn is going to be in my top picks when I make a decision," said Wilkerson, who noted that right now his plans are to make a college choice prior to his senior football season.
FSU is his early leader and that hasn't changed, but after making his first visit to Auburn the Tigers are making a move, he said. "They (FSU) are still the top pick, but I am still very open right now."
Wilkerson added that Auburn is now in his top two and said he wants to take his time before making a college choice so he can learn more about AU and other programs.
Asked what will be the major factors in choosing a college, Wilkerson said, "Where I stand for earning playing time and the educational aspect. Most of all it is the education that is most important to me.
"So far from what I have learned about Auburn, they have a great educational program," said the prospect, who noted he wants to be coach and teacher after he graduates college.
As a junior for Coffee the prospect said he had 24 catches for 324 yards and six touchdowns. He also played part-time at defensive end.
"I didn't start playing defense until midseason, but I?know coming out next season I will be starting on both sides of the ball so I will have a lot to do," he added.
Jalen Wilkerson visited Auburn on Sunday with his parents along with his brother and sister.
Also the starting center on his high school's basketball team, Wilkerson said he had a "great" visit. "I loved everything," he said. "I got to see the facilities and talk to a lot of the coaches and people there. It is a great place. I will definitely come back to see how things are.
"Coach Malzahn told me he loved my film," the prospect noted. "He said he reminded me of some players he had coached before and he can't wait to build a better relationship with me and hopefully he can get me to be a Tiger one day. I really like Coach Fountain, too."