The 6-foot-7, 355-pounder has been committed to Houston since last summer, but an offer from the home state team could change that.
According to Austin, it’s currently the only thing that could pull him away from the Cougars.
“I’ve got a bunch of others offers and some coaches have said they want me to come out and see their campus after the bowl games end, but it’s either LSU or Houston for me,” he said. “I couldn’t see myself ending up anywhere but one of those two schools.”
Austin picked up his scholarship from LSU on Monday, and by Thursday recruiting coordinator Frank Wilson had already locked in the Tigers for an official visit.
“I’m going to come over with my stepdad and Trai on Saturday because the All-Star game I am playing in isn’t until Monday,” he said. “I’ve been stuck practicing for that game and studying for exams, so it will be nice to get away for the day.”
Austin will take in practice on Saturday, the first day the Tigers will be in full-force preparations for Texas A&M.
“I can’t wait to talk to the coaches a little bit more, because they all seem high on me after seeing that new senior video earlier this week,” he said. “I talked to (offensive line) coach (Greg) Studrawa and he said I’ve really improved my technique and that he wants me to come be a part of what they have going.”
Where does he stand with signing day only a month and a half away?
“Well the Houston coaches have still been talking with me, and they know they have to step their game up because this is a bigger fish than before,” Austin said. “They just want to keep me over there, but I told them I would have to weigh my options. Like I said, if I left Houston it would only be for LSU, and they know that.”
While they would accept his commitment at any moment, Austin said that LSU staff has ordered him to take his time with the process.
“Coach Frank said I had no reason to rush things because it was an important decision,” he said. “He’s just excited about the opportunity to get me in the class and keep the St. Augustine pipeline going. They would have Tyrann Mathieu and Trai and me, and then down the road they could get Leonard Fournette and some of the freshman offensive lineman that we stacked up. Those guys will all be at BCS schools.”
Could the Tigers be on the verge of landing one of the best linemen in the state of Louisiana?
“I’m not sure, but I’m thinking hard about things,” Austin said. “If I feel like I want to stay home and be a Tiger, then maybe it could happen on Saturday.”