Darius Austin Stops By For Illini Practice

Tuesday afternoon, one of the Illini's top targets in the 2014 class finished up a visit to a rival. The Illinois staff thought it would be a great idea if he stopped through Champaign on the way home. That is exactly what Cahokia guard Darius Austin did as he took his second visit to the campus in the past week.

Darius Austin visited with his Cahokia teammates for the Illinois Team Camp last Wednesday. He enjoyed playing in the camp. Austin recently visited Missouri's elite camp, and he spent the morning Tuesday at Purdue. On the way back from West Lafayette, they decided to stop in Champaign to see the 2011 Fighting Illini prepare for their Italy trip.

"Coach Dana (Morgan) text coach Price on the way home from Purdue. Coach Price invited us to come watch their practice before they leave for Europe. I met all the players. I talked to coaches Price and (Jerrance) Howard throughout the practice."

What did he discuss with them?

"They were asking me about my schedule for July and what are my plans. They gave me a few hints on my game and talked to me about Demetri McCamey because they said I remind them a little of him. They were also telling me about how they have a 6'-7" player named Devin (Langford) who is similar to me."

It was another great opportunity for Austin to build up his relationship with the coaching staff. He felt he really made great strides in his connection with the staff. They made him feel like a priority recruit.

"I was really surprised. They really showed more of an interest in me today than they ever had before. They said they can't wait until July as they are going to follow me all throughout July."

He also caught up with Coach Bruce Weber.

"He talked to me about the July period and the academics, as far as the core classes I need."

It was a good day for Austin, visiting the two Big 10 powers. He feels they are making strides toward eventually offering him. The spring was a successful one for Austin with the Jets as an individual and for his squad.

"The spring has been good. We have a lot of chemistry on the team. Coach Dana is a good coach. We are 22-5 right now and beat some ranked teams."

Austin is ready to play in July and has something to prove to coaches and talent evaluators.

"I am looking forward to playing against the top teams in the nation and prove that I should be ranked."

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