Austin Talks Recruiting

One of the most exciting players in the nation is Baltimore Dunbar running back Tavon Austin. Cat quick, with super open field ability and great hands, Austin fits into a variety of schemes at the next level. He discussed the possibility of playing the spread offense and whether or not Michigan would be one of his fall visits.

He may only be 5'8, 170-pounds, but Baltimore product Tavon Austin plays bigger than his size and that is not just a cliché, that is the truth.

Austin has an outstanding junior season where he rushed for an astounding 32 touchdowns and 2,553 yards. He followed that up with a great performance in the New Level Athletics Passing Camp in Akron, where his team won the championship. Performances like those have earned him a handful of big time offers.

"I have offers from Michigan, West Virginia, Maryland, Illinois, Penn State, North Carolina, Syracuse, Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Rutgers and Nebraska," he reported.

Austin says most schools are recruiting him as a running back, except for Georgia who wants him to play wide receiver exclusively. He has the hands to do so and caught 17 passes and three touchdowns last season.

That ability also projects him to the slot at Michigan, where the Wolverines have transitioned to a new offensive system and are recruiting more players like Austin, who said he would like to play in a spread offense.

"Michigan has sent a couple letters to the house, but I haven't heard from them in awhile," Austin admitted, "Coach Tony Dews is my recruiter. He seems like he is a real down to earth type coach."

On the possibility of moving to wide receiver or slot, Austin simply said, "I just want to touch the ball."

Giving him that opportunity would be in the best interest of whatever school scores a commitment from Tavon. However, finding out where he is going to school may be a bit of a wait as he plays to take his recruitment slowly. In fact, even with the season approaching, even his official visit schedule is still up in the air.

"I still need to decide which schools to take an official too yet," he explained, "I don't have a top list of schools, but I will try to [set visits up] in the next couple weeks."


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