Jaelan Austin has reason to puff out his chest. The Class of 2015 wide receiver is seeing college scholarships come his way with two years of high school to go.
Austin is taking the fortune in stride. He plans on continuing to do what brought it his way in the first place.
"I have the confidence that I can play in college and I've worked hard," he said. "I'm going to stay hungry. The offers are nice but they really don't mean you've done anything. I still want to work to be the best that I can be."
Austin, who has seen limited time on the South Grand Prairie (TX) High varsity, began turning heads with his play in spring ball. Then he camped with Texas Christian, Tulsa and Arkansas, reporting a scholarship offer from each of those schools following their events.
After camping at Arkansas on Saturday, Austin was on the phone with Iowa assistant LeVar Woods setting up a visit to the school. He said that the Hawkeye coach let him know that he had an offer from them as well.
"(Woods) just told me that they wanted to offer and they wanted to get me up there to see the school," Austin said. "He's been trying to get me up there and I've been meaning to. I'm looking forward to seeing it."
Austin said that he and his mother will travel to Iowa City for a visit this Friday and Saturday.
"I want to get a look at everything - the campus, the locker rooms," the 6-foot-2, 190-pound Austin said. "I want to get to meet the people and see what the community is like. I want to learn all about Iowa football."
"I guess things really started rolling in spring ball," Austin said of his recruitment. "That, and I have been showing out at the camps I've been going to."
Austin said that visiting campuses will be a very important part of his process.
"I really want to see how comfortable I feel on the campus and with the coaches and the players," he said. "I need to be around with those people and at the school for at least four years, so that's the most important thing to me. The facilities also are important."
Austin said he knows very little about Iowa except what he's been told.
"I heard it was cold," he said laughing.
He'll be happy to find out that the extended forecast calls for temperatures in Iowa City to be in the 80s this weekend.