So Cal WR is a Michigan Fan

Michigan's presence on the west coast is un-paralled as far as Big Ten schools go. No other Conference school has the name recognition of the Wolverines. Wide receiver <b>Austin Usher</b> from Los Angeles Jefferson High School has been a fan of the Maize and Blue his entire life. Will that be enough to bring him east?

"I've liked Michigan all my life," Austin Usher (6-3.5, 198 lbs.) said. "I like the atmosphere in the stadium, the band, the crowd, the colors, everything." Pretty high praise for a school Usher has never visited.

That is bound to change as Usher has the Wolverines in his early top five. "Right now I like Oregon State, UCLA, USC, Michigan and Florida State," he said. "Those are the schools I would like to take my official visits to."

It's early in process for the Jefferson High star, with Oregon State and UCLA having the initial lead. "My brother Whitfield is at Oregon State right now," Usher said. "Though that doesn't mean I'll go there. I've been to UCLA a couple of times and they are really close to home. Plus, they have the best situation for me playing time-wise right now." Usher said he expects the two schools to be the first to offer. "They said they would offer me after my SAT's," he said. Usher reports a 2.8 GPA.

Usher is a speedy receiver with grit to boot. "We play in one of the toughest leagues in the State of California," Jefferson Head Coach Doi Johnson said. "There was one time against Dorsey when Austin ran back a kick-off and just got nailed. He was hit so hard I didn't think he would get up, but he bounced right back like nothing happened and played the next series. He's a tough kid. We don't throw a lot but he still averaged 27.1 yards-per-catch last season. He is very quick in his acceleration and his start and stop is instantaneous. At the Nike combine at USC he finished second in the 100 yard sprints."

While Johnson had high praise for his talented receiver, he also balanced that with an area him and his staff will be working on with Usher this year. "He runs high in his routes," Johnson said. "He makes a big target so we'll be working on having him setting his shoulder pads down."

Usher has been on the varsity team since his sophomore year. In his junior campaign he reports 21 catches for 695 yards and 12 touchdowns. He has played at the wideout spot his entire career, but that is going to change. "We're going to use him as a safety next season," Johnson said. "He is so talented we need to get him on the field so he can help us the most." Johnson said he has received mail from most of the schools in the Pac 10 inquiring about User, as well as most national programs.

A multi-talented athlete, Usher plays shooting guard and small forward on the basketball team, as well as running the 100 meter sprint along with the 4X100 and 4X400 relay events in track.

Usher said he attended the Nike Camp at USC last summer as well as the Trojan summer camp. Right now his camp plans for this coming summer are up in the air. Jefferson begins their spring practices in May, after track season.

Usher said he would like to major in psychology when he gets to college.

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