AUBURN, Ala. — Freshman safety Markell Boston is battling a minor injury, Auburn coach Gus Malzahn revealed Tuesday.
He refused to provide any details, however.
"He’s a little banged up," Malzahn said, "but he’ll be OK."
Boston, who played at East Coweta High School in Sharpsburg, Ga., was seen at Auburn's fan day event on Sunday wearing a boot on his right leg. He was one of the final additions to the Tigers' 2014 recruiting class, committing just two days before national signing day Feb. 5. A consensus three-star prospect, Boston was a originally committed to East Carolina before flipping to Auburn.
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Admittedly, Malzahn said on signing day, the Tigers got on him "fairly late," but believed he was a player with good upside and the ability to contribute immediately.
"Very good tackler ... he got better and better his senior year," Malzahn said in February. "I really feel like he'll provide some depth for us."
Since arriving on campus, he's already made enough plays to get on the coaching staff's radar.
"I saw Boston make two really good plays and something that (he) probably (would) have missed on two days ago," defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson said earlier this month.
Along with fellow true freshman Stephen Roberts, Boston is fighting to put himself in position to see the field in his first season on the Plains.
"Boston and Roberts, they've had a really good six days," Johnson said last week. "Those two safeties, they’re not ready to play on Saturday yet, but we got three more weeks. ...Those guys keep showing up and making a lot of plays and look like they can fit in the mix out there physically."