Auburn Still Leads In Battle For 4-Star Malcolm Askew

Auburn has been a leader for Malcolm Askew for several months, but other schools are coming hard after the talented defensive back and they're coming after the Tigers in the process.

McCalla, Ala.--One of the top players in Alabama for the 2017 class, four-star defensive back Malcolm Askew has had the Auburn Tigers at the top of his list for the last few months as he prepares to make a decision early in his senior season. With several other schools still on his list, Askew said right now the goal for him is to see teams play this year to get a feel for where programs are headed in 2016 and beyond, but currently Coach Gus Malzahn's program is still No. 1 following his release of a Top 10 on Sunday.

"Auburn is still in that number one spot," Askew said. "I still continuously talk with them. I'm going to give them a call next week and we're going to talk more about the time I'm going to be spending down there on May 30th."

That trip on the 30th will start an entire week for Askew on Auburn's campus that will end with Big Cat Weekend on the Plains. Originally planning to make his decision before his senior season, Askew said he's now going to wait until a few weeks into the college season to make his choice. With several schools telling him that he needs to wait and using Auburn as an example, Askew said he just decided to take a step back and take more time.

"I'm going to wait into the season because I don't want to make that commitment and coaching staffs end up changing," Haecker said. "I don't want to have to decommit, I want to be sure the coaching staff stays intact that way when I make that decision it will be a final decision."

Auburn leads at the moment with Clemson, Ole Miss, TCU, Alabama, Florida, Cal, Oklahoma, Miami and Oregon rounding out his top 10 list.

Even though he's not committed to Auburn, Askew joined in the recent excitement surrounding the program when both Tadarian Moultry and Chandler Wooten committed to the Tigers in a seven day span. He said seeing those guys jump on board didn't surprise him because Auburn is continuing to stay strong on the recruiting trail.

"It just says guys want to come to Auburn and Auburn is trending a lot with recruits," Askew said. "I feel like they were two big gets for Auburn. I actually met Moultry a while back and he's come onto the scene on recruiting. Those are two big gets for Auburn and I feel like their class will keep going up."

One of the changes for Askew has been taking over the quarterback role for the Yellow Jackets in spring practice. With teammate Jay Jones headed to Georgia Tech, the job has fallen to Askew and he said so far so good after spring practice.

"It went good," Askew said. "We had to replace a lot of people. I'm actually playing quarterback for our team. We replaced our whole O-Line and they actually did better than most of us expected. They stepped in and played almost to where our last offensive line did. We still have a lot to work on, but as far as the spring I think we met expectations."

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