“The offer sort of surprised me, but at the same time I know that I’ve worked hard to get to this point,” Austin said. “Coach Frank said that they had just watched my senior highlights and were really impressed, and the staff decided that I was the lineman that they wanted.
“It’s an offer that makes my decision really tough. I’ve been committed to Houston for a while, but LSU was always one offer I was working towards getting.”
“I think it’s going to be pretty busy until February,” he said, “I figured it would all start to pick up once my season ended and people saw how much progress I had made between my junior and senior seasons.”
At the Scout.com Combine in New Orleans the summer before his junior season, Austin checked in at 6-foot-5, 315 pounds. Now he stands at 6-foot-7, 355-pounds.
“And I’m carrying it well,” he laughed. “I’m not a sloppy looking guy or anything.”
“We were going after it every weekend, and Leonard would do his part and nobody could really stop it,” Austin said. “I was really proud of the way we came together and worked, and it was fun to do it with guys like Trai.”
After hearing of Austin’s latest scholarship offer, Turner went straight for the full-court press.
“Trai has definitely been in my ear about it,” Austin said. “He’s telling me I have to commit to LSU. I’m thinking hard about it, but I don’t know what my final decision will be. I am still kind of in shock on it.”
Austin said he would visit at some point in December, though no date has been set.
Evidenced by a visit from the Houston staff that is now scheduled for Tuesday morning, the Tigers will be in a battle.
“The Houston coaches definitely want me, but I could tell that coach Frank and LSU had been really impressed with how my senior season turned out,” he said. “I’m going to need to talk to my family and then think on things for a while. I’m in no rush right now.”