Tallahassee Leon ATH Austin Dantin has always considered himself a quarterback -- and with good reason. He has been a successful dual-threat signal caller, especially last year when he helped lead his squad to the postseason.
"We got into the state playoffs and it the first time in a couple of years we were able to do that," Dantin recalled. "We lost in the first round. It was a great game, but they ended up pulling it out in the end. For the year I was about 60% passing. I threw for 2600 yards and 15 or 16 touchdowns, and I rushed for about 700-800 yards and another eight touchdowns."
Western Michigan, Central Michigan, and Appalachian State have offered Dantin solely for his quarterbacking skills, but many more are intrigued by his ability to do more than just line up behind center. He possesses the kind of athleticism that translates well to other positions on the field. His high school team will take advantage of that versatility this coming season.
"I'm playing a little safety just strictly because I told our coach I'd like to help out our team in any way I can -- so I'll play some safety too," said Dantin. "I could play receiver. I'm 6-2, I weigh 180, and my forty time is 4.48."
Ole Miss, Central Florida South Florida, Clemson, Auburn, LSU, and Michigan have all expressed interest over the summer, and Dantin has managed to make it to a few of those campuses for unofficial visits. One such trip was to Ann Arbor, MI.
A couple of weekends ago I went up to Michigan, Western Michigan, and Central Michigan. I got offered from Central and Western. At Michigan I came in and they were having a five day camp for a bunch of different players. They wanted to see me up there, so I came up there and worked out for half a day. After I got done with the workout I got a tour of the whole facility and I talked to Coach Rodriguez for a while."
A recent trip to Auburn concluded Dantin's unofficial visit schedule, and he is hoping things on the recruiting front heat up when the season starts.
"During the fall I'm going to be talking to a bunch of colleges," he said. "Depending upon where I'm at and what they're looking at me for, I'm going to take official visits those schools and go from there."