Auburn’s eighth annual Big Cat Weekend helped the football program land at least one of its top targets.
247 Sports’ Keith Nieburhr was the first to report four-star recruit Malcolm Askew verbally committed Saturday. Askew, who confirmed the news with a tweet, was one of 40 recruits on the Plains this weekend as part of Auburn’s recruiting event for top prospects.
Coach Gus Malzahn dropped a major hint at Auburn’s success when he tweeted out “Boom!!!!!#WarEagle,” his go-to phrase on social media for the Tigers landing a verbal commit.
Askew, a 5-foot-10, 183-pounder out of McAdory High School, is the 10th ranked athlete in the country by 247 Sports.
As a junior, he caught 35 passes for 1,000-plus yards with 10 touchdowns and had 35 tackles with eight pass breakups and an interception at safety.
Askew ranked Auburn first on the top 10 list he tweeted out in May. Clemson and Ole Miss rounded out the top three with Alabama and Florida also making the cut. When Askew narrowed his list down, he had 54 scholarship offers.
“These schools have shown the most love and I can see myself playing at each one of them,” Askew said in a message that accompanied the list. “So, these 10 will be my focus moving forward!!!”
Askew also revealed his plans to graduate early and enroll in college next January.
Malzahn has encouraged a growing number of recruits to enrollee early. Auburn’s nine early enrollees from its 2016 class were the highest in Malzahn’s four years on the Plains.
“Each young man is different, but the early enrollees, it definitely helps you and that’s nine that we had, more than we’ve ever had,” Malzahn said on national signing day back in February. “I think you see a trend around college football more and more (with guys that) want to come in, go through spring and compete to have a chance to play early.”
Askew’s announcement gives Auburn six verbal commits for its 2017 class. The Tiger received verbal commits from a pair of linebackers — Jackson-Olin’s Tadarian Moultry and North Cobb’s Chandler Wooten — in May.