Kevin Austin doesn’t have to wait much longer to learn about one of his potential favorites.
Next month the four-star receiver from Coconut Creek, Fla., plans to make a trip to Notre Dame for its April 22 spring game. Austin has been taking a closer look at the Irish in recent weeks and sees the upcoming visit as a next step in that process.
“Really I just want to visit the facilities and talk to the academic advisors and the coaching staff,” Austin said. “Really talk to the players too and see how they like it on campus. I’m looking to further myself in my education along with my athletic ability, so I really want to go visit Notre Dame for that.”
Running backs coach and area recruiter Autry Denson has told Austin what to expect. Wide receivers coach Del Alexander has relayed some information on where the staff sees the 6-foot-3, 185-pound prospect fitting into the offense.
Austin has also talked with current commitments. Four-star running back Markese Stepp, four-star wide receiver Braden Lenzy and four-star quarterback Phil Jurkovec have reached out over the last few weeks.
But otherwise Austin is continuing to learn about the program. Making a visit is the only way to pick up some important information.
“I really haven’t had a chance to learn a lot about them,” said Austin, who earned an invitation to The Opening Finals earlier this month. “Academic courses that I want to study, what I’d like to do in my future and how they’d help me in my future. I really want to know about the culture. Obviously with football, they’re really great.”
One of Austin’s main objectives during the trip will be talking to current players.
“Really it’s just the environment,” he said. “The campus, education, whether the football team really likes it and how they feel about it. I really like to talk to the players to get a feel about the whole program.”
Austin is making visits to UCLA and USC early this week after competing in a 7-on-7 tournament in Las Vegas. Trips to Florida and Miami are also likely this spring, although nothing is set.
Trimming down the list after spring trips isn’t out of the question.
“I’m gonna end up cutting it down to like seven or eight schools,” Austin said. “I still want to go out to see some of these other schools.”