BALTIMORE, Md. -- Calvert Hall has in recent years been a program known for churning out Division I football talents (see Adrian Amos at PSU for one), but the Terps haven't enjoyed a bounty from the Baltimore contender for one reason or another.
Now, two underclassmen have early offers at coach Don Davis' Towson program, led by junior corner Dionte Austin, who we scouted recently against Gilman.
After a first quarter breakup on Gilman quarterback Kai Locksley's slant across the middle, the Greyhounds didn't throw much to his side. The term lockdown corner could certainly be applied that afternoon.
And after a Calvert Hall player (Bryan Marine) went down with a concussion in the early-going and the game was stopped for nearly a half-hour, play got even chippier. But Austin proved he would not back down from anyone, despite his 6-foot, 150-pound size. He drilled sophomore receiver Korey Stephens across the middle, who also had his bell rung and had to leave the game temporarily.
"It took a lot out of me because I treat him just like a brother," Austin said of his injured teammate, whose head collided with a Gilman running back's knee. "We're all basically a family, so when we see one of us go down it hurts real bad and we get more inspired."
Austin recovered well enough, and locked down his side from there on despite a loss in the battle of the two Charm City rivals.
"Very physical game, but it's a great physical environment," Austin said. "A great game, a fun game at that once you get going. There was a little chirping out there among players but nothing like cussing or anything."
This season Austin has two picks, one he took to the house, along with the 4.4 40 time he boasts. Teams haven't thrown much his way, but he still stuck his nose in on six tackles versus run-dominated Gilman that day. He also has a 94-yard kick return for a score versus Mount St. Joe's to his credit this season, while he's played on offense situationally.
As for recruiting, Austin is up to 12 offers, including Maryland, who he thinks highly of.
"They are high on my list," he said. "I am hoping to get down there soon for a game and try to make it out there between our hectic schedule and games."
Also heading up the current pack is Virginia Tech and Indiana, among some of his top early schools of interest.
"Maryland program, it's the coaching staff. Coach Edsall, that's who I have mainly been talking to, as well as the others on Facebook and what not that hit me up and see how I am doing, how they are doing," Austin said. "But I have watched a couple of their games, and I love their uniforms, love them."
In addition to the big three schools, Austin has offers from Toledo, Illinois, Virginia, Boston College, UConn, Youngstown, Rutgers, Robert Morris and others.
"Maryland, they are up and coming, up and coming," Austin said. "Since my junior year, going into my senior year next year, well they are progressing up, so like as they get higher they get higher on my list because I want to be a great team."
Austin has great hips, athleticism, change of direction and press coverage ability as he jams most opponents at the line with his relentless style.
Despite their share of team struggles this season, Austin said the Cardinals won't back down.
"For me, personally, effort wise we are fighting, fighting every game," Austin said. "That's all we do."
Another school he would like to hear from? Well, that would be the Ducks, also for the catchy uniforms.
"Oregon, that's my team," he said. "Uniforms, and their up-pace offense, I like seeing that in the college game."
With Maryland looking to further bolster its future backline depth, and with more elite athletes, Austin is undoubtedly going to be one to watch locally for the next year. And he would no doubt be a great ice-breaker for Maryland.
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