Augustin: 'I Felt Real Comfortable'

Oakland Park (FL) Northeast star Audi Augustin discusses his decision to sign with NC State.

It didn't take long for Audi Augustin to find what he was looking for. Early in the recruiting process he garnered over 40 scholarship offers from programs such as Oklahoma, South Carolina, Rutgers, and Ole Miss among others. But, after talking with NC State and Pittsburgh coaches, he narrowed his list to the Wolfpack and Panthers without really considering the other programs.

"It was just what those two schools had to offer," Augustin said. "I didn't even need to visit the others. I went ahead and told the other schools that they weren't for me, and started to focus and follow NC State and Pitt."

"Audi is a very mature kid and a terrific football player," said Northeast head coach Adam Ratkevich. "He generated so much interest after the spring and picked up a lot of scholarship offers.

"But early in the process I think he saw what he liked in NC State and Pittsburgh, and he went from there. They are two very strong programs, and I think he would [have] fit both of them well."

Augustin visited Pittsburgh on January 21st and took his trip to NC State last weekend. Both schools impressed him, and his final decision wasn't made until Signing Day.

"I probably made my decision around 3 am on Signing Day," said Augustin. "It was just the players at NC State. That helped me make my decision because they made me feel good about the school. I felt real comfortable with the players, coaching staff... everybody."

Augustin said he didn't inform NC State of his decision until after signing his letter of intent. However, he did say he felt the Wolfpack coaches believed he would ink with them after his official visit.

"I think they kind of had an idea," he said. "I think it was the way I acted on my visit. I believe I gave them the vibe that I was going there, but they didn't know for sure until I called them after my press conference.

"They were excited when I told them. I could tell they were happy."

NC State also offers Augustin a chance to play right away. After losing first-team All-ACC defensive ends Mario Williams and Manny Lawson to the NFL, the Wolfpack needed to land a defensive end capable of playing as a true freshman and Augustin has that type of ability.

"Without a doubt, he can play right away," said coach Ratkevich. "He's going to play as a true freshman. Physically, he has everything you want in a defensive end, and he is an explosive pass rusher off the edge.

"Playing time wasn't a factor, but they did talk about me playing early," said Augustin. "They are low at the defensive end position, so it's a perfect opportunity to show what I've got."

When asked what he would have to say to Wolfpack fans, Augustin didn't talk about what he was going to do. He focused on the team.

"Be prepared for something spectacular from NC State this season," he said. "I'm not talking about from me, I'm talking about from the Wolfpack. I think it's going to be crazy."

Rated a three-star prospect and the No. 43 defensive end in the nation by, Augustin projects as a strongside defensive end on the next level. He is qualified to play as a true freshman and plans on enrolling at NC State this summer.

Scouting Report: "Augustine has a good first step and comes off the ball well. He is excellent at shooting his hands inside and controlling lineman. He keeps his power angles (knees, hips, ankles) bent and draws power from them to push blockers into the backfield. He shows the upper body strength and footwork to stretch plays east and west, shed blockers, and make the play. He displays the quickness to penetrate inside gaps. He is very physical at the point of attack and takes on pulling lineman very well. He shows the ability to get around the corner in pass rush and to physically engage and beat lineman. He moves well in space and can also get over the trash to make plays from sideline to sideline. He is a wrap up and drag down tackler. Augustine has the frame to continue to put on size, and with his physical style of play he can be a very good strong side defensive end at the college level." --, Inc.

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