Iowa in Early on Austin

Jaelan Austin displayed his skills during spring drills and colleges took notice. Iowa was among the schools impressed by the 2015 wide receiver from South Grand Prairie (TX) High and the Hawkeyes have begun building a relationship with him.

While Iowa coaches continue working on recruits heading into their senior years, the Hawkeyes also are making moves in the 2015 class and beyond.

Assistant LeVar Woods twice has visited Jaelan Austin at South Grand Prairie (TX) High, the receiver said. They spoke on the phone for 15-20 minutes Tuesday night, Austin estimated.

"(Woods) said that I'm on the top of their recruit list right now for the 2015 class," Austin said. "He said when they came down here that they liked what they saw. He's definitely going to come back and they're thinking about offering."

Woods made Austin feel comfortable.

"He's a nice guy and fun," Austin said. "He seems like a good coach. He's easy to talk to.

"I didn't know much about Iowa until they came down and visited our school for practice. I've heard that it's a good environment there. I know they have good coaches."

Austin said that all of the Division I schools in Texas are recruiting him. He's also hearing from Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Nebraska, Ole Miss, LSU, Oregon and Boise State, he said.

"I'm going to camp at all of the Texas schools, at least one-day," the 6-foot-2, 190-pound Austin said. "I'm also going to try to get to Tulsa, Oklahoma, Stanford, USC and Iowa for one-day camps."

Austin said he is looking for a college program that passes the ball a lot.

"I also need to connect with the coaches and the people there, including in the community," Austin said. "Location isn't that important. I don't have a problem with going away from home.

"I'm trying to learn about the programs and what they have to offer. I'm trying to get to know all of the coaches and seeing what their personalities are like."

Austin, who also plays safety, reports running the 40-yard dash in 4.54 seconds.

"I think I'm very explosive," he said. "I can jump pretty high so I'm pretty good at going and getting the ball out of the air. I have quick feet. I'm well rounded; physical off of the line."

Austin joined the varsity track team as a freshman and earned a spot on the varsity basketball squad for his sophomore season.

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