Iowa on Augusta's Mind

Peoria's Josh Augusta is attracting attention from some of the top schools in the Big Ten. The Class of 2013 DE-TE is hoping to see Iowa, Michigan and Michigan State in the near future.

Josh Augusta really cares about his grades. Even visits to see major college football programs won't come in the way of his academics.

The 6-foot-5, 260-pound prospect from the 2013 class canceled visits to Michigan and Michigan State last weekend. He hit the books instead.

"I had a study workshop I didn't want to miss," Augusta said.

The Peoria (IL) High product planned to reschedule his trips to the Michigan schools and also set one up to Iowa. He has taken an unofficial visit to Illinois.

Augusta reports scholarship offers from Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Memphis, Michigan State and Louisiana-Monroe. He said he's heard consistently from Nebraska and Wisconsin.

"I'm looking for the academics," Augusta said when asked the most important thing in choosing a college. "I want to go into business management. I also want to get along with the coaches and the players really well. I want my teammates and the coaches to be like family."

Schools are recruiting Augusta as either a defensive end or a tight end.

"It doesn't even matter (where he plays in college)," he said. "I think I'm better at defensive end."

Augusta is trying to research the colleges interested in him.

"I don't really know much about any of the schools," he said. "I've been trying to find a computer so I can check them out."

Iowa has made a strong early impression on the Peoria prospect.

"I've talked to all the coaches at Iowa," Augusta said. "I talked to Coach (Kirk) Ferentz. I like him.

"They like that I'm a hard worker. They like how I get my grades up. They really like that part."

The Hawkeyes view Augusta as a defensive end.

Augusta, who finished second in the state in the shot put last spring, is unsure when he will choose a college.

"I have no idea when I'm going to make a decision," he said. "I know I'll wait until after my senior year, though."

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