Florida CB Set to Visit ISU This Month

In need of some talented cornerbacks to fill out the Class of 2005, Iowa State is eyeing the state of Florida. The Cyclones and area recruiter Chris Ash have made quite an impact on one Tallahassee area defensive back.

Pat Austin, a 5-foot-11, 170-pound cornerback from Tallahassee Lincoln, has three finalists that he will visit during the month of January. He also has one favorite out of that bunch.

"For the record, Iowa State is sitting pretty good and is my favorite," said Austin. "I really like them a lot. Schools that are in the running are Iowa State, Syracuse, and Kansas. I have visits set to all of those schools. I'm going to Iowa State on January 21st, Syracuse on January 14th, and Kansas on January 7th."

The Cyclones have made quite an impact on the Florida high schooler, for a number of reasons.

"The Iowa State coaches make me feel at home and welcome me a lot," Austin said. "They're a good young team that's up and coming. I want to be a part of that. I think my education is important to me and they have a strong major in what I'm interested in. That's all three categories for me."

Coach Ash has also made it clear to Austin that he'll be given every opportunity to play as a true freshman. Given ISU's depth shortage at the position – with Bobby Chalk and Josh Hargis leaving the program – Austin feels he would make an early impact in Ames.

"Coach Ash is supposed to visit me Thursday and talk about coming up there and taking my visit," Austin said. "He was explaining to me that he's really in need of corners. My playing time could come a lot faster, depending on how I get up there and work. I could start next year if I work hard enough."

Although Austin, a second-team all-area selection this fall, played mostly offense as a senior – lining up at wide receiver, running back, and wing back – his forte appears to be on defense.

"Most teams want me as a corner, and some on offense," he said. "I mostly played offense this year, but last year I played a lot of defense. Teams are mostly going off of what they've seen before."

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