Being recruited to LSU by fellow New Orleans native Frank Wilson (now the Tigers’ recruiting coordinator and running backs coach), Jonah Austin feels like – as far as being recruited to the Tigers goes – he is getting the royal treatment.
“Coach Frank has come to the school in the past and said he was going to drop by again here pretty soon, and the staff has been contacting me and telling me how interested they are,” Austin said. “It’s a great feeling, and the next step is trying to earn my offer.”
With scholarship papers already in from Michigan, SMU and Tulsa, the 6-foot-5, 315-pound Austin said that Saturday’s meeting with members of the LSU staff left him hopeful that the Tigers would eventually be added to his list.
“[Offensive line] Coach [Greg] Studrawa likes me at tackle, and he said that this summer at camp he would get the feel for me and the other linemen and then hand out some more offers,” Austin said. “I am coming to both LSU camps and a couple of others, so things should pick up even more before my senior season starts.”
While Austin has visited the Tiger campus on numerous occasions growing up, Saturday’s junior day visit was different than the prior trips – leaving a much more lasting impression on the junior prospect.
“Getting to meet [head coach] Les Miles and the players from the team was something not every recruit gets to experience,” Austin said. “Coach Frank really made us feel loved over there. It was my second time seeing the locker rooms and stadium on a tour, but the staff made it better this time around.
“When things wrapped up, coach Stud talked more about what he is looking for in an offensive lineman, and he let me know coach Frank would stay in touch,” he added. “LSU definitely moved up for me after this visit. It is really nice over there.”
Austin said that he planned to be back in Baton Rouge for LSU’s Spring Game next month.