The Bootleg: How did you perform at
the BYU camp and where did you surprise yourself?
Austin Collie: I did real well. I got a lot of comments on my route running, footwork, and hands. The coaches were really impressed.
The Bootleg: What was your biggest focus at the camp to improve?
Austin Collie: Just adding things to my routes to get more of a separation from the DB.
The Bootleg: From a recruiting perspective, what did the
BYU coaches tell you and were there any BYU commits or heavy leans working you?
Austin Collie: The coaches were really pressuring me to go there, and QB Jacob Bower would make a comment every now and then like, "That's how we will hook up if you come here."
The Bootleg: So you think he's a heavy lean to BYU?
Austin Collie: Yeah, he is leaning heavily to BYU.
The Bootleg: Other than this camp
in Provo, what else has been happening or will be happening with camps this
Austin Collie: I went to UNLV already, and there's nothing after Stanford.
The Bootleg: How was UNLV?
Austin Collie: It went really well. Coach [John] Robinson dropped an offer, which was cool.
The Bootleg: Speaking of which,
what is your total offer list like right now?
Austin Collie: Stanford, BYU, Washington State, Oregon State, Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, Utah, Utah State and UNLV.
The Bootleg: Can you recall how the new offers since we last spoke were made?
Austin Collie: Oregon State was a phone call. Arizona came by FedEx. Arizona State FedEx. Colorado FedEx. Utah was a call. UNLV was at their camp. And Utah State was a call.
The Bootleg: Of those new offers, which got you the most excited?
Austin Collie: All of them.
The Bootleg: That's a cop-out answer, Austin!
Austin Collie: (laughs) When you get your first offer from Stanford, it's hard to get excited about anyone else.
The Bootleg: Did any of the offers surprise you a little?
Austin Collie: Arizona State surprised me because they said they wouldn't be able to do anything until the start of the season.
The Bootleg: Did they see you at a camp, or did something else spark more interest?
Austin Collie: I really have no idea; maybe they saw that Arizona offered.
The Bootleg: Now that you have that impressive list of offers, is there a school or a few schools you are still hoping will offer?
Austin Collie: Not really. Nebraska likes me and that would be impressive. Actually, it would be nice if Washington offered.
The Bootleg: Do you think your future school is probably in your offer list right now?
And are you narrowing things down in your mind yet?
Austin Collie: Definitely. I have 10 sweet choices - 10 great schools. But Stanford is still my leader.
The Bootleg: When you think about where you'd like to be for your college years, who most often is in your mind giving you second thoughts about Stanford?
Austin Collie: BYU. It is now a different story now that my bro' is home [from his Mormon mission]. Before I wouldn't give BYU a thought.
The Bootleg: Is he talking them up, or has it just hit you being around him what it would mean to be at school with him?
Austin Collie: Just being at the school with him during this camp.
The Bootleg: Is anyone really an intriguing close third, or is there a gap after those two?
Austin Collie: Arizona State is up there. (pause) But I really can't say favorites because my favorites are only those schools I have been to. Once I take a couple visits, I will definitely have my decision made up.
The Bootleg: When did you go to ASU?
Austin Collie: I haven't but they are just a baller program - just the way they play the game. And my cousin lives down there, and everyone tells me how nice it is.
The Bootleg: Do you look at the receivers and their style at any of these schools specifically?
Austin Collie: Yeah, I always look at the receivers wherever I am at.
The Bootleg: Are there any of them at any of these schools that particularly get you jazzed?
Austin Collie: Yeah. In fact last year the receiver for BYU, Reno Mahe, showed me a couple of things to improve my routes. I also like the fact that Mark Bradford is going to Stanford this year.
The Bootleg: Most guys would want to not follow a receiver like that, but you're psyched to come in after him?
Austin Collie: I want to win a national title, so I want another receiver on the other side so we can have an overall sweet team.
The Bootleg: What are you looking to either show or learn at this Stanford camp?
I think a lot of readers don't understand the motivation of a recruit going to multiple camps, where he already has offers.
Austin Collie: I want to learn the ways of Stanford, get a feel for what they do, learn the routes they run and their overall offense.
The Bootleg: At a lot of camps, the coaches are evaluating recruits, but you'll be evaluating the coaches?
Turning the tables, eh?
Austin Collie: Yeah.
The Bootleg: Is it nice to be on that side of the relationship, without all the stress?
Austin Collie: Oh definitely. I know the coaches have seen what they have wanted to see, so it is all a matter of relaxing and enjoying the experience.
The Bootleg: Will these camps take you a lot of the way toward making your
decision, because you've seen the schools and worked closely with the coaches?
Austin Collie: Definitely.
The Bootleg: Is getting through the
Stanford admissions process a significant event leading toward your final decision?
Austin Collie: Yeah. I just got my SAT's back, and I received a 1110 and that's the hardest thing I feel. You know, past the hump.
The Bootleg: What do you mean by "the hardest thing" - can you elaborate?
Austin Collie: That's probably the main obstacle in my way of getting admitted.
The Bootleg: Was this your first time taking the SAT?
Austin Collie: No, I had taken it twice before. Actually one PSAT and the other an original.
The Bootleg: So was this a big jump in your score for you? You seem relieved about it.
Austin Collie: Yeah it was. I received a 980 the first time. I had been stressing it for a while.
The Bootleg: Hey, congratulations on getting such a big jump in your score.
Austin Collie: Thanks
The Bootleg: Did you have a lot of prep and studying for it?
Austin Collie: It's kinda weird - the first time I did but the second time I just relaxed.
The Bootleg: So last question would be where are
you with the Stanford application?
Austin Collie: I have sent out the recommendations to all my teachers and those should be delivered as soon as they are done. I just have to write the essay.
The Bootleg: Do you have a goal for when you want to finish and submit that, or have the coaches given any guidance?
Austin Collie: I just need it in by September 3.
The Bootleg: So will you take the whole summer, or you might send it in earlier?
Austin Collie: I will probably send it in at the end of the summer
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