Shrine Bowl Scoop: Thomas Austin

Camden standout OL Thomas Austin has been impressive during the Shrine Bowl practices this week. <BR>

OL Thomas Austin 6-4, 290, 5.2 Camden High School Camden, SC

* Camden offensive lineman Thomas Austin has been one of the most impressive offensive linemen for the Sandlappers' this week. Thomas has shown great technique and been a quick study according to several of the --Default For South Carolina is to ignore-->South Carolina assistant coaches. He's been working almost exclusively at left tackle.

* Austin says, "It's an honor to be here. It's an honor to be representing my high school and the state of South Carolina."

* The Clemson commitment has built some strong relationships with some of his teammates, especially those heading to Tiger Town. "It's nice to meet everyone. The friendships we have made so far," said Austin. "Especially the guys that are going to Clemson. You know there are probably at least six guys that are going to Clemson. We have spent a lot of time together. Barry and I are rooming together this week. Rendrick Taylor is here. Sadaat Chambers is here along, with Josh Miller and Haydrian Lewis."

* Austin and his teammates have been working hard to convince several other South Carolina players to join them next year at Clemson. "We are trying to get Mike Davis. We are working him hard and Jamie Robinson from Northwestern. I think we are going to get Mike Davis. Things are looking pretty good there."

* The strong bond of the Clemson verbal commitments on the team have built is being noticed by the other players on the South Carolina squad. "They see the kind of bond that we have so far. I think it's something they notice. It's much easier to go off to a school where you already know six or seven other guys."

* The focus for Austin and his teammates this week is the big game on Saturday, but the longest lasting memory may come from the visit to the Children's Hospital on Sunday. "It was an honor and a very humbling experience," said Austin. "The little things like shaking a kids hand, giving them a signature and asking how they are doing. It meant the world to them and they are so grateful for us being there. It was a great experience for all of us. I'm glad we got to do that."


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