Nation's Top Prospect Switches Schools

Two years ago, a smiling man-child named Marvin Austin told me he was going to put Coolidge High back on the map. In part, Austin has lived up to that promise drawing national attention to the Washington, D.C. school after being named the top player in the nation by Scout.com. In a surprising move, Austin decided to leave Coolidge and is now calling Ballou High his new home.

Scout.com's No. 1 ranked prospect defensive tackle Marvin Austin has had a busy June. The 6-foot-3, 285 pound standout, has narrowed his list of schools to ten and changed schools. We caught up with Austin recently to get the latest.

"Coach (Todd) Amis went to Ballou and about 10-15 of us are going also," Austin said. "I wanted to be around people I trust. There was some stuff going on at Coolidge that I didn't like. I'm not going to get into specifics cause that isn't right. Ballou is closer to my home, so it just makes sense."

Austin recently narrowed his list of 50 plus offers down to 10 schools, those surviving the cut were Miami, USC, Florida State, Tennessee, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina State, North Carolina, Penn State and Notre Dame. Austin recently returned from a trip to Coral Gables to check out the Hurricanes.

"I had a real good time down there," Austin said. "The school is geared to my personality. it is a faster paced environment like here in D.C., but it is still like a college town. I'm heading to Tallahassee at the beginning of July to check out Florida State."

Austin has decided that on August 8, he will narrow the field down to five schools.

"That is the day that we start two a day practices," he said. "I'm going to schedule my official visits and then focus on my senior season."


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