Montgomery, Ala.--This week has been a look ahead for Auburn four-star commitment Malcolm Askew. Working alongside fellow future Tigers Jordyn Peters, K.J. Britt and Tadarian Moultry on defense and against wide receiver Noah Igbinoghene, Askew has gotten a glimpse of what life is going to be like on the Plains and he’s excited about what he’s seen.
“It’s going to be great to start an on-the-field type of bond, especially with four of us being defensive guys,” Askew said. “That great for the four of us to get out there and compete and get to know each other. We’re going to try to get to do some recruiting with guys as well.”
Putting in extra work recruiting defensive linemen Alec Jackson and Ryan Johnson as well as wide receiver Henry Ruggs, Askew said he’s got a simple message for guys looking at the Tigers right now.
“With the defensive linemen I tell them to come replace Montravius and Carl and be another first round draft pick,” Askew said. “That’s what I tell those guys. For Henry, I know it’s between us and the team up north. I tell him to come be our wide receiver, him and Noah could be great speed receivers for us. Just come to us and we can beat them.”
Askew can count himself a part of the program already considering he’ll be practicing with the team when they get back on the field Wednesday to open bowl practices for the Sugar Bowl. Enrolling in January, the defensive back will get a chance to get a head start on his Auburn career and he’s ready to show what he can do.
“It’s going to be very important,” he said. “Only a few guys will be doing it so it will give me a step up. Also going into the spring it will get me familiar with the playbook and the schemes. Coach (Gus) Malzahn said that’s a great way for me to get on the field as a true freshman.”
That’s something the Auburn program had plenty of this season with freshmen Marlon Davidson and Javaris Davis both earning all-conference honors and others such as Elijah Stove, Kyle Davis, Derrick Brown and Daniel Thomas all playing big roles for the Tigers.
With an opportunity for a strong finish against a 10-2 Oklahoma game in New Orleans, something that could build plenty of momentum heading into 2017, Askew said he has no doubt that Auburn is a team on the rise.
“I know it’s a great program,” Askew said. “It’s like the video they always show us where Cam Newton says Coach Malzahn finds a way to win. He does always find a way to win. People were saying it was going to be a down year and we turned out to have a pretty good year.
“We wanted to be in the championship, but obviously we’re in the Sugar Bowl. That’s a look ahead for what we’ve got in the future.”