McCalla, Ala.--One of the top 2017 defensive backs in the country, four-star Malcolm Askew from McAdory High was back on campus for the second time in a month to check out the Auburn Tigers and left impressed by what he saw from Gus Malzahn’s program.
With Auburn on the field for the second spring practice, Askew said he liked the energy surrounding the team on the field and was particularly fond of what he saw on defense from Kevin Steele and secondary Coach Wesley “Crimedog” McGriff. That combined with his love for the campus has the Tigers on top of his list at the moment.
“I love the staff personally as a family,” Askew said. “I love Coach Steele and as soon as I saw Coach McGriff we had that connection, but most of all it’s the campus. To me they have the best campus for an athlete as far as any other school I have visited. That’s what I love most about Auburn and it’s almost like they are perfect when I include anything I have a question for as far as college life.
“They are at the top right now,” he added of Auburn. “They’ll be in it when I get ready to make my decision. They’re the leader.”
Making a return visit to the Auburn campus after coming down in February to get a feel for the new staff, Askew said the opportunity to get a closer look at McGriff was obviously very important for him. After seeing him coach and then sitting down with him in his office, McGriff definitely made an impression.
“McGriff was coaching them up every second of the practice,” Askew said. “They were flying around. It was so fast within those two hours it was like ‘dang they got a lot of work in’. It was a great visit. I talked to Coach Malzahn again. There’s great things happening at Auburn.
“He’s not one of those coaches that’s just yelling at somebody and trying to mess with their head, he’s real soft-spoken,” he added of McGriff. “He was keying in on the little things about effort and technique most of all. It was fun watching him coach.”
Watching Auburn practice gave Askew a chance to see how the players are adapting to Steele’s scheme on defense and to the coaching of the new staff members. Based on what he saw Askew said things are going just fine.
“John Broussard is an early enrollee and that’s the step I’m going to take,” Askew said. “I was watching him and he did really good. He’s actually rolling in with that second rotation group.”
On the other side of the ball Askew said it’s not hard to figure out that true freshman wide receiver Kyle Davis is going to be a player for the Tigers early in his career.
“Kyle, he’s huge,” Askew said. “He’s battling a shoulder injury right now, but he looks like he’ll be a starting guy for them in that wide receiver spot.”
With offers from all over already and a wide variety of schools on his early list, Askew said following the visit that Auburn is definitely a program he plans to continue visiting and learning more about between now and when he plans to make his decision later in the summer before his senior season.