HI Evaluation: Austin Vincent

HawkeyeInsider.com's Josh Harvey was recently able to evaluate DeSoto receiver Austin Vincent in person. Come inside for the full report.

The FOX Sports Southwest 7-on-7 Texas State Championship was a great opportunity for me to watch Iowa commitment Austin Vincent in action. I had seen the DeSoto product play, but never watched him solely. It's hard with the talent on the offensive side of the ball DeSoto has. The Eagles have five D-1 receivers, a 2012 running back who will be highly recruited, and a D-1 quarterback.

With that much talent on one high school team, it's clear why Vincent's numbers aren't earth shattering. But, when you watch him for just a series or two, you can understand what the Hawks like about him.

"He can play some dang good football, but number two, Austin is a major deep threat," said DeSoto head coach Claude Mathis to HawkeyeInsider.com. "He runs great routes and has a little arrogance in him. You have to have that to be a good wide receiver. He can stretch the field, especially for a team like Iowa in the Big 10. He will be able to open up the field for other guys. He will create some problems for corners there."

Mathis is right. Vincent is able to give every other receiver more ground to work with on the field. While the Eagles elected to throw mostly short passes in the state 7-on-7, it was Vincent that gave them the opportunity to find Cameron White (TCU commitment) and David Porter (TCU commitment) on short crossing routes. When teams adjusted, coming up on the short routes, DeSoto quarterback Ryan Polite hit Vincent deep. It's something that Iowa fans should be excited to see.

"He is definitely our deep threat," said Porter. "He lets me work underneath. Also, Austin is the most unselfish receiver. He doesn't need the ball, like some of us (laughter). He is fine with just one catch a game, if we win. He has really worked on his hands and now catches everything. He is going to be a good receiver at Iowa."

So what are Coach Mathis' thoughts on his No. 3 receiver heading to Iowa?

"Iowa loves football. It's a football state. My best friend played at Iowa and I was recruited by Iowa, I know, it's a football state," said Mathis. That is what he loved most about it. Kinnick is a great stadium and the coaching staff did a great job convincing him it was the place to be."

Harvey's take: Do I see Austin Vincent ever becoming a Big 10 All-Conference receiver, probably not. But, his speed can be definitely used by Coach O'Keefe and the Hawks. It won't shock me when he come in off the bench in a middle of a game, lines up on the outside, and ends up scoring on a deep pass. He's a home run threat waiting to happen.


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