When Team USA made its big move on Austria in the second quarter, the defense was a huge catalyst for the scoring boom.
And while scoring four touchdowns in 5:59 of game time — buoyed by three forced turnovers — was impressive, defensive end Dajaun Drennon said it was the way the defense should have been playing all along.
"I feel like we came out a little flat at first," Drennon said. "Once we started getting to the quarterback and getting hits on him, he couldn't take it. We just started getting after him."
That especially went for Drennon, who had a pair of monster hits on the Austria quarterback.
"Every time they passed the ball, it seemed like we were getting a pick," Drennon said. "So everything was just working out well.
"I was just worried about having to keep going out on kickoff and having to run the whole 85 yards over and over again," Drennon joked.
The talented defensive end from Timber Creek, N.J., has seen that effort pay off with a new recruiting suitor. While he entered Team USA play with a top five, he said that he would evaluate any new school to enter his recruitment. And now one has, with Texas stepping to the plate.
"I talked to Coach [Darrell] Wyatt, he actually came up to the game the other day because his son's a receiver on the team," Drennon said. "And he told me he liked my intensity, and how I get to the ball, and they lost a defensive end (recently). He said maybe I could fill his shoes."
Drennon said he wanted to hear more from the Longhorns, and is taking steps to do just that. While Team USA is actually staying on campus right now, Drennon said he's making plans for an unofficial visit this week.
"I like Texas, but I don't really know a lot about them," Drennon said. "My parents are going on a tour of the academic part of campus and I'm going to take an unofficial after the whole IFAF thing is over."
Drennon said he didn't expect his play for Team USA to garner more recruiting interest, but that's exactly what happened.
"I just wanted to come out and play ball for my country, and rep 'USA' on my chest," Drennon said. "It just goes to show you that somebody's always watching, so you need to play to the best of your abilities all the time."