Capps Knows He's A Wanted Man

In his weekly recruiting column for Hawgs Illustrated, Dudley E. Dawson chats with Star City junior defensive tackle Austin Capps (6-4, 307) to see where he is in the recruitment process and how he feels about Arkansas' program. This story is free and courtesy of the NWA Chevy Dealers. Click the banner to learn more.

As one of the best 2016 prospects in the state of Arkansas, Star City defensive tackle Austin Capps (6-4, 307) has gotten used to being the center of attention.

It’s not going to calm down any time soon for the young man, who is a four-star prospect per and who has offers from Arkansas, Louisville, Ole Miss and Mississippi State as well as interest from Alabama, Auburn and LSU.

“I guess it’s something that you just kind of take and deal with each day because I know there are a lot of guys that would like to be in my situation,” Capps said. “I’m just trying to go out and get better every day and prove that I deserve it.”

Capps is one of four players in Arkansas ranked as four-star prospects so far along with Hope defensive end McTelvin Agim (6-3, 260), Fort Smith Northside middle linebacker Deontre Hardwick (6-2, 240) and Bentonville quarterback and Kansas State baseball commit Kasey Ford (6-5, 250).

Capps is the 170th-best player overall per, the `17th-best defensive tackle prospect and the third-best player in the state behind Hardwick (117) and Agim (159) per

Capps, who bench presses 370 pounds and squats 550, got his first offer from Arkansas on before he had played a down of his high school career.

He got that offer on June 11, 2013 after a sparkling three-day performance at a Razorback summer camp.

Capps has since watched the Arkansas program turn around under second-year head coach Bret Bielema.

“I think Arkansas has a great future ahead of it and you call tell that with the way they ended up finishing the season (by winning three or four),” Capps said. “I think they have some great coaches up there and I really enjoy visiting with them when I am up there.”

He is certainly aware of how much Arkansas would like to land him.

“Coach Bielema has been down here to see me and told me he wants to sign me and Coach Barry Lunney is here every week it seems like,” Capps said. “I have no doubts how much they want me to come up there and play football.”

Capps has started going to some Junior Days, having already made a trip to Ole Miss, planning a visit to LSU this weekend and expected to be at Arkansas on March 7.

He is being recruited as a defensive lineman by Arkansas, Ole Miss and Mississippi State, but an offensive lineman by Alabama, Auburn and LSU.

“It really doesn’t matter to me, but I enjoy playing defense and getting to the guy with the ball,” Capps said. “But I will play anywhere my college coaches needs to me to do so.”

Capps had over 100 tackles as a sophomore and nearly that many as a junior on an 8-4 team this past season.

He was since named one of the top defensive linemen at the U.S. Army All-American Combine.

“That meant a lot, but I know that there are guys are there working just as hard as I am to get better every day,” Capps said.

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