McCalla, Ala--A longtime Auburn commitment and an early high school graduate out of McAdory High, four-star Malcolm Askew was on the Plains over the weekend to check out the Tigers take on Alabama A&M.
Spending time with Coach Gus Malzahn, defensive coordinator Kevin Steele and DB Coach Wesley McGriff, Askew said it was great to be back in Auburn and he’s excited about being back in just over two weeks to start his career with the Tigers.
“It was just a good deal to be able to spend the night and have the family up for the whole weekend,” Askew tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. “We got to go out to eat with the coaches and staff and build a better relationship and understanding of what it will be like once I get there and how they’ll use me. It’s just prep for getting there in a few weeks.”
Even though he won’t start classes until January, Askew is getting a head start on his Auburn football career with plans to take part in several on-campus bowl practices with the Tigers once they get back on the practice field following final exams.
Only able to practice on the campus, Askew said for him it’s a chance to get his feet wet and start to learn the defense before things get ramped up in the spring.
“I’m looking forward to it because any head start is a good head start,” the defensive back said. “I just want to get down there and get in the system and learn it because the mental aspect is just as big as any part of the physical. Everybody is athletic, but the ones that know the game and get it mentally will usually play a longer time and have a better chance of getting to the next level.
Spending time on his visit by recent commitment and fellow early enrollee K.J. Britt as well as fellow commitments Alaric Williams and Jordyn Peters, Askew said the chance to continue bonding with them is something he has enjoyed about the recruiting process and his visit only backed that up.
“It’s always good to be around the commits and get together,” Askew said. “The better relationships we build is important because we know we’re going to be playing with each other soon. It just helps us get familiar with each other so that way when we’re on the field we’re just like brothers out there.”
Askew, Britt and Williams
That’s something that has pushed this current Auburn defense back to among the elite in the country in 2016. Under the guidance of Kevin Steele the Tigers have turned back the clock to play defense unlike any Auburn team in nearly a decade. Askew said it has been fun to watch and he’s ready to be part of the group himself.
“Just the way they’re getting after it,” he said of the Tigers. “I know they’re a Top 10 defense and it’s a big turnaround from last year to now. It goes to show with Coach Steele and Coach McGriff, how much of an impact they have. They have been getting a lot of quarterback pressures so the secondary doesn’t have to cover long. They have just been working together as a team. It has been great to see that knowing I’ll be going to play for those guys here in a little while.”
Before putting the finishing touches on his high school career Askew will play in next month's Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic in Montgomery on Dec. 10 at Cramton Bowl in Montgomery. He wound up his playing days at McAdory with 3,840 all-purpose yards, 37 touchdowns, eight interceptions, 90 tackles, 70 catches and 23 pass break-ups.