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2018 Wide Receier Kevin Austin, Jr. Continues to Skyrocket on Recruiting Big Boards

MIAMI, Fla. -- Highly-coveted 2018 wide receiver, Kevin Austin, Jr., is fresh off hauling in an offer from the school he grew up "rooting for."

A recipient of roughly 20 Division I offers, Kevin Austin is a fast-rising pass catcher out of Coconut Creek (Fla.) North Broward Prep that's really starting to climb recruiting big boards with still over a year of high school left on his plate.

The 6-foot-4, 190-pound junior claims no leaders and is still getting accustomed to all the attention from nationally-recognized schools, such as Ohio StateMichiganFloridaNotre DameMiami (Fl) and Tennessee, but lists a trio that are currently pushing hardest for his commitment.

"Notre Dame, Ohio State and Florida," Austin said when asked about schools recruiting him the hardest.

Austin says "Florida was mainly the in-state school" he found himself rooting for throughout his childhood. It's only been nearly a week since Austin captured that offer from Jim McElwain's program, but everything he's heard has been music to his ears.

"It's a great accomplishment and a big offer. I like Florida," Austin said. "(Wide receivers) coach (Kerry) Dixon, he's a really great guy. He's been telling me a couple of things that I like to hear."

With that being said, does Austin's childhood fandom provide the Gators with an advantage during the recruiting process?

"I wouldn't say an advantage, but of course it's great to know that the school I've been rooting for since I was younger has offered me," Austin replied.

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Austin, who's eyeing visit dates with Duke, Notre Dame, Tennessee and Florida, is also growing closer to the Fighting Irish's running backs coach in Autry Denson.

"I like coach Denson," Austin said. "We grew up in the same area, and we actually played for the same little league coach, so we have a lot of history there."

Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes have scooped up an elite wide receiver out of South Florida in two consecutive recruiting classes, with Binjimen Victor in 2016 and five-star Trevon Grimes for this year's 2017 class.

Wide receivers coach Zach Smith played a pivotal role in reeling in those pass catchers, and now has his sight locked onto Austin, who landed the Big Ten offer back in early November.

"They offered me also," Austin said when referring to Ohio State. "They're a great program. They do great things and are just fun to watch.

"I talk with coach Smith. He's just been talking to me and saying he can develop me into a better athlete."

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