This past year at Tulsa Malzahn recruited Springdale High quarterback Asthon Glaser, who said thanks but no thanks and committed to Missouri. When Glaser called Malzahn on Monday to wish the coach good luck at Auburn, Glaser got more than he bargained for.
"I talked to him yesterday (Monday)," Glaser recalls. "I called him yesterday to congratulate him. He wanted me to come play for him at Tulsa and he's our former coach at our high school."
So was the scholarship offer still valid at Auburn, where Malzahn was formally introduced on Monday?
"Yes," Glaser remarks, "he told me that he still wants me to come play for him."
The two have a long-standing relationship from Malzahn's days at Springdale that was renewed during recruiting.
"I didn't get to play for him, but he's a great guy," Glaser says. "I love Gus. He's a good family guy and he gives 100 percent to his work. He's fun to hang out with when you're not at practice. At practice, he's all about practice. He does not let any horseplay or anything go on. I respect that."
Glaser has already finished high school, qualified and has signed up for classes starting Jan. 19 at Missouri. He has been committed to Gary Pinkel and the Missouri Tigers since June 26.
"I'd have to think about it," Glaser says of his response to Malzahn's offer. "I told him I'd look into it, but I told him that I was solid at Missouri.
"I'm probably not serious (about Auburn)," Glaser adds, "though I might look into it a little bit. Everything with Missouri has gone perfect and everything is going well. I guess if something goes wrong I'll seriously look into it."
Glaser admits he doesn't know much about Auburn University.
"I know it's in Alabama," he jokes.
Glaser, 6-2, 205, is a two-star prospect according to Scout.com. Auburn currently has zero quarterback commitments for the class of 2009.