Nation's Top Safety?

I don't know what the rest of the country has to offer but after watching Enid, Okla., safety Austin Box on film, I think we'd be hard pressed to find a better defensive back in the country. Kansas State and several others are chasing the Sooners.

Enid, Okla., athlete, Austin Box, is one of the most sought after prospects in the Midlands Region.

The 6-foot-3, 220-pounder, will be a four-year varsity starter in 2006. Several schools have offered Box a scholarship but he grew up a fan of the Sooners. Can anyone out-dual Bob Stoops for Box's signature next February?

"My parents definitely want me to go to Oklahoma," Austin Box told

"I grew up a big Sooners fan and I've had two sisters who have graduated from the school. I haven't made any commitment yet but I'd like to do that before the start of my senior season."

Everything seems to be tipping the scales to the side of Oklahoma in a big way for Box, so why hasn't Box given the Sooners his verbal commitment?

"I don't want to jump into anything to quickly," Box explained. "I grew up an Oklahoma fan but I also have scholarship offers from Oklahoma State, Nebraska, Texas Tech, Kansas and Kansas State.

"I owe it to myself to check out all my options. There's a lot of great schools out there.

"My favorites are Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Nebraska, Texas Tech and Kansas State. A couple of schools that haven't offered that I like a lot are Southern California and Miami."

Box started at wide receiver and cornerback for Edin as a freshman and moved to quarterback and free safety as a sophomore, and played those same positions this past season.

Austin threw for 1,400 yards and 16 touchdowns. He also rushed for 800 yards and 13 scores.

On the defensive side of the football, Box had 80 tackles and three interceptions. Austin was named 1st team all-state. We asked Box which position he feels that the college recruiters want him to play.

"Most of the schools are saying strong safety or linebacker." Box said.

Box has attended junior days at Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and Notre Dame. We asked Austin what his plans were for the spring and summer.

"I'm pretty tied up with baseball," Box explained. "I might hit a few camps but I'm not really sure on anything yet. I'll have to decide on that sometime down the road. I might go to both Oklahoma and Oklahoma State for camp."

Box is also solid in the classroom, carrying a s 3.7 GPA in the classroom, scoring a 23 on his ACT.

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