Austin Wants to Play

The top-ranked recruit in the Class of 2007, Ballou (D.C) defensive tackle Marvin Austin, was  a late arrival to the UM scrimmage at Byrd Stadium Saturday night, but he still got plenty of action in.

Marvin Austin held court on the sideline for a good hour, most of it after the scrimmage had ended, and was showered with attention from Maryland's coaching staff. recruiting coordinator Dave Sollazzo spent a while chatting up Austin and his family, and one of the first things head coach Ralph Friedgen did after the game was walk over to Austin and give him a big hug.

Austin also spoke for a bit with Friedgen's wife, Gloria, and daughter, and after that, Terps senior standout defensive tackle Conrad Bolston chatted up the 6-3, 300-pounder for a while. Bolston's advice: Go where you can play.

Which is precisely what Austin says he's looking for.

"That's a big part of coming into college football for me is being able to play [right away]. I ain't trying to sit on the sideline and watch," he said.

It was then pointed out to him that he'd have a great opportunity to play early for Maryland, which is thin on the defensive line.

"I peeped that a little bit, I did" he said, smiling.

Austin said his list stands at six schools: Maryland, Virginia, Florida State, USC, Tennessee and Miami. He'll eliminate one of those schools and the remaining five will be where he takes his official visits.

"In the coming months I'm going to schedule my visits and hopefully Maryland is in there, but if not, then not. It's definitely a possibility," he said.

"I just lke the atmosphere [at Maryland]," he continued. The players are cool, it's an up and coming team. They have a great team. They've had a couple down years and what not, but I think I'll get a chance to play."

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