JUCO Tight End Expects to Visit

Tight end Terry Jones is in the final season of a successful college career and then he‘ll take his game to the National Football League. Consequently, the Alabama coaching staff must find a replacement at a position that can add significant firepower to any offense's arsenal. A good tight end can open up holes for running backs or force the defense to account for one more weapon in the passing game. A junior college tight end with a big reputation expects to make an official visit.

"An Alabama coach is coming to out here tomorrow," said tight end Aaron Austin. "I will probably set a visit for sometime in January."

Austin is a 6-foot-5, 250-pounder from Fresno City College in Fresno, California. Through six games, Austin has caught 18 passes for 281 yards and six touchdowns. His freshman production was built largely around his ability as a receiver but Austin feels he has improved as a blocker in his second season.

"Everybody knew I could catch from last year but my blocking has gotten much better this year," said Austin. "I feel like I can block and catch now."

Austin is originally from Dos Palos, California but he says distance will not play a factor in his decision. In fact, his current list includes programs from both the Pacific Ten Conference and the Southeastern Conference.

"I'm interested in Washington, Alabama, Tennessee, Oregon, and Oregon State," said Austin. "I have a visit scheduled to Washington for December 14th. The other school I know I want to visit is Tennessee. All of them have offered me a scholarship and distance is not a problem because I just want to play."

Austin's interest in Alabama and Tennessee is a good example of the respect around the country for the SEC. The conference gets exposure in every state and Austin is well aware of the competition level.

"The SEC is great but I believe I can play in their conference," said Austin.

Austin will have three years to play two on the Division 1-A level. He is not expected to graduate from junior college until the first summer session is complete.

Editor's Note: Recruiting for the Class of 2002 has shown the range of the relationships developed by Coach Dennis Franchione and his staff over the years. The latest example is the relationsip between Fresno City College Head Coach Tony Caviglia and Alabama Assistant Coach Stan Eggen.

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