The 41st-ranked player nationally at his position, Austin could end up in Iowa City with classmate at South Grand Prairie High. The Hawkeyes are showing a high level of interest in Tony Nicholson.
Nicholson earned all-district honors this fall as a quarterback. He's been recruited as a slot receiver, where Iowa sees him.
"I've heard a lot about Iowa," the 5-foot-10, 172-pound Nicholson said. "Jaelan told me about how the coaching staff treats their players like family and the players treated him like he was already one of their teammates when he went down on his first visit.
"I see on Twitter all the time how big their fan base is and it's pretty amazing. I haven't seen any other college that could compare to them that way."
Iowa Assistant LeVar Woods is recruiting the Grand Prairie duo. They're planning on visiting the school "soon," Nicholson said.
Nicholson, who reports running a 4.45-second, 40-yard dash, said Colorado State , Kansas State and Duke have offered him a scholarship. Iowa, Mississippi State, Indiana, Mississippi, Texas Tech, Texas-San Antonio and Baylor have been among the schools showing interest in him.
Nicholson is considering a business major in college.
"I just really want the school to have a good educational program so just in case football doesn't work out I can always fall back on my degree," he said. "I want to commit at least before next football season but it might be sooner. I just have to talk to my mom and see which program best fits me."
Nicholson is a dual threat at quarterback who shows some impressive speed and shifty moves on film.
"I'm pretty fast," he said. "When I get out in the open field, it's pretty hard to catch me. I'm very quick, also, so it's easy to juke a defender. I don't go down easy, so it's going to take a lot of people to stop me. I also can play multiple positions so that's always a good thing."