After being committed for nearly seven months to Boise State -- the first school which gave him an offer -- Chino Hills (Calif.) wide receiver Jack Austin wound up flipping to California following an official visit to Berkeley this weekend.
"It was pretty outstanding in every category, that's for sure," Austin said of his visit. "What really caught my eye was the academic side of Cal, and that almost speaks for itself. When they were talking about the resources that Cal offered academically as well as athletically, it was obviously a huge opportunity."
Austin became the fifth commit in the last seven days for Sonny Dykes and his staff, and the third which the Bears have flipped from another program, with Tony Mekari parting ways with Arizona and Vince Johnson splitting with Iowa State.
"It was just an opportunity that presented itself, and I couldn't pass it up," Austin said. "When I went up to Cal, I heard what they had to say and saw what they had to show me, it was a good decision on my part, and I feel like I did what's best for me. I wanted to make sure I called the coach from Boise first, before I spoke to any of the reporters and made it public, so I talked to Boise, and I'm now committed to Cal."
It should be noted that Dykes, during a luncheon with the local press after his hiring, said that -- ideally -- Cal should be composed of 75-80 percent players from the state of California. Each of the three commits he has flipped were California players who were committed out-of-state.
Austin -- who trains with Kenny Lawler, Sr., the father of redshirt freshman Golden Bear receiver Kenny Lawler -- caught 71 balls last season for the Huskies -- 21 more than the second-most prolific receiver on the team -- for a total of 1,128 yards and six touchdowns.
At 6-foot-3, 205 pounds, the commitment of the three-star Austin is a bit of a salve for the California coaching staff, which lost 6-foot-5, 205-pound receiver Dannon Cavil due to a late offer from Cavil's dream school -- Oklahoma.
Austin, however, will not be an early-enrollee, as Cavil was, but once he arrives on campus, he will provide the same kind of big target that Cavil would have, though he comes up short a bit in the speed department.
West Coast recruiting analyst Brandon Huffman says of Austin: "He is a big-bodied receiver with great hands and great route-running skills and excellent body control. He does a good job adjusting to throws, whether it's going down to get it or going up the ladder. He's got good strength, and is tough to jam at the line of scrimmage and can make the tough catches in traffic. He's got good, but not great speed, but gets good separation and is plenty fast enough, football-speed wise."
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