Capps Ready for Senior Season

Going into his senior year, Arkansas commit and four-star Star City defensive tackle Austin Capps is primed for another stellar season.

Going into his senior year, Austin Capps is primed for another stellar season.

The four-star defensive tackle and 169th best prospect in the class of 2016, according to Scout, led Star City to an 8-4 record and the second round of the 4A playoffs last season.

While the Arkansas commit has 178 tackles over the last two years, Capps said he has been lifting weights and practicing this summer to improve even more as a senior.

“I’ve mainly just been working on my technique,” Capps said. “I want to be better coming off the ball lower and not standing straight up.”



His high school coach, Jett Furneaux, is on record saying that he needs to keep a lower pad level, as he won’t be able to stand up and run people down in college like he can in high school.

“I’ve been working on that some, but the best way to work on it is in practice with pads,” Capps said.

The first chance he’ll have to work on it is Monday, when the Bulldogs – the preseason favorite to win the 4A-8 conference – begin two-a-days.

Of course, Capps said he knows it will be his last two-a-days with his high school teammates.

“It’s bittersweet I guess,” Capps said. “I just finished my last summer, this will be my last two-a-days and last first game. Everybody wants to go on to the next chapter, but we also don’t want to let go of this.”

Capps last first high school game is Sept. 4 against Lonoke at home. Star City is preseason No. 3 in the 4A, according to Hooten’s Arkansas Football magazine, while Lonoke is No. 10.

“I don’t know a whole lot about them,” Capps said. “Every year they’re a tough team and give us a tough team.”

This summer, Capps played on Star City’s state championship baseball team, which beat Arkadelphia 4-3 in nine innings at Baum Stadium to claim the title.

He also visited Arkansas later in the summer, giving him an opportunity to talk to the coaches and watch potential future teammates at a camp.

Capps said he is mainly focusing on one recruit when it comes to getting other players to join him at Arkansas.

“Really the guy I talk to most is McTelvin Agim,” Capps said. “We talk off an on. I just talk to him about how good we’ll be on the defensive line.”

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