Gilbert (Az.) Perry offensive tackle Austin Pauley has been on the grind this off-season, dropping his forty time to 5.39 while gaining five pounds.
Pauley is still waiting for his first D1 scholarship offer, but attended multiple camps, including ones at the University of Arizona, New Mexico, NAU, UNLV, UC Davis and San Jose State, to try and earn one.
Pauley shares his experiences at those camps with FoxSportsNext.
Scout: You have attended a lot of camps, what feedback have you received regarding recruiting?
Pauley: "Generally, all the coaches talk about keeping your grades up and taking the ACT/SATs as many times as you can. They talk about how their process works and when we can expect to hear from them. They also inform the players about NCAA rules. Several of the coaches said I would be hearing from during the next period they are allowed contact. All of the coaches encouraged me to contact them with any questions or updates."
What feedback have you received regarding your play?
"That my film accurately reflects my skills. That I am athletic for my size. I think playing basketball over the years has helped with my footwork but this being my senior year I plan to just concentrate on football after the season."
How has it been competing against all of the talent at the camps?
"I feel like I match up well and can hold my own against the top D-1 recruits. It has helped my confidence going into the season."
Is there one thing a college coach has said to you that has stuck in your head?
"Head Coach Bob Davie of New Mexico said I would have several options from different schools after my senior season. UNM O-line Coach Lenzmeier told my parents he thought I was the most ‘underrated' lineman in AZ. I had a one on one with O-line Coach Eric Reid after the NAU camp where he told me they were ready to make their last O-line offer to another camper, but they were going to hold off until they had a chance to see additional film and do more research on me."
What do you feel you need to do to get that first offer?
"One, I need to continue to work hard, get better and have a strong senior season. Two, Coach Jones plans to play me on both sides of the ball this year so I will have plenty of opportunities to show what I can do. Three, set good examples and do everything I can to help Perry have a winning season. Do these things and I am confident good things will come my way."