Austin can 'make impact' at U of L

The University of Louisville landed a late commitment from Mesa, Ariz., Community College offensive lineman Kevin Austin, who thinks he can make an immediate impact for the Cardinals. Here's the story on Austin:

It didn't take long for Mesa, Ariz., Community College offensive lineman Kevin Austin to make up his mind on a college.

The 6-foot-3, 300-pound Austin spoke with Louisville offensive line coach Chris Klenakis on Wednesday morning and was informed the Cardinals' needed to add another body on the offensive line and he was being offered a scholarship.

"I'll be signing today," Austin confirmed. "Louisville is a great institution and I feel like I can come in and make an immediate impact.

"I've played every position on the line and think I can help them out."

Austin, who played one season at Mesa after redshirting as a walk-on at Auburn during the 2013 season, has three years to play three years when he signs and enrolls this fall at U of L.

U of L currently has eight scholarship offensive linemen during spring football. The Cardinals will be adding four more linemen in the fall, but the U of L staff has been looking to add one more.

"It's fun to think I get to come in and play Auburn, the team I was on for a year," Austin said. "It's worked out well for me."

A native of Roswell, Ga., Austin played in the North Georgia All-Star game after his high school career at Roswell High. He had offers out of high school but wanted to walk-on at Auburn.

Austin played 10 games at Mesa this past season and generated some interest, including an offer from Northern Illinois and interest from San Diego State, New Mexico, New Mexico State, Eastern Michigan and Georgia State.

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