February 12, 2010

Parker lineman names seven offers

College football coaches around the country are becoming familiar with Parker, Colo. and Chaparral High School this off-season thanks to 6-foot-5, 263-pound Offensive Tackle Brendon Austin. The road grader from the Denver area already holds seven scholarship offers and has begun to check out some of his potential suitors.

Austin offers a strong academic resume (3.4 grade-point average) off-the-field to go along with a 300-pound bench press, a 405-pound squat and a 20-inch vertical leap on the field. The All-Colorado prospect has been offered scholarships by Colorado, Colorado State, Stanford, Kansas State, Notre Dame, Arizona and Cal, which came this morning. USC has also been talking at length to Austin who said he expects them to offer as well.

Chaparral High School runs an offensive system predicated on the run and it took them to an 8-3 record last season and an appearance in the second round of the state playoffs where they lost to Columbine. Despite the emphasis on run blocking at Chaparral, Austin said he feels equally confident run and pass blocking in college and, while the system won't impact his college decision, he does have some factors that will.

"For me it is just how close I am with the offensive line coach, especially because I am going to be spending the most of my time with him," Austin said. "Then Academics - that is big and then how comfortable I am with the entire University."

Austin has already begun the recruiting process by participating in Junior Day in Boulder and taking an unofficial visit to see Colorado State in Fort Collins. Austin said his father attended both schools and, although he grew up in the Centennial State, he never really favored one school over the other.

"At CU, they really impressed me with how much they helped out their players," Austin said. "They were more than players, they were students. I was impressed with how they helped out their players by finding tutors and things like that. CSU has some smart guys over there," he continued. "They have a good engineering program, which is what I want to get into. Coach Fairchild is a good guy and the O-line coach, Meyer - I liked him as well."

"I do love Colorado and I am really close to my family, but I could go either way with it - stay in-state or leave Colorado."

This month Austin will check out Stanford on Feb. 27 before headed to Notre Dame on March 20. He has already competed in the US Army National High School Combine and Austin said he is enjoying the recruiting process already.

"It is a lot of fun," said Austin. "I am just trying to keep a level head. That is the biggest thing. I don't want to get overconfident or get a big head."

Austin said he hopes to make a college decision by late summer.


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