Austin Has Top Three

Long Beach Poly has long since been one of the nation's top high school programs at producing Division I talent. This year is no exception with Terrence Austin being another in a long line of talented wide receivers to play for the Jackrabbits.

You can never have enough speed, ever, and that is one of the main reasons why Terrence Austin, WR, 5-11, 170-pounds, Long Beach, Calif., (Poly) is receiving so much recruiting attention.

While Poly is well known for its football, and with good reason, Poly's track program is also one of the best in the country. And it just so happens Austin runs for Poly.

"I've traveled a lot because of track," Austin said. "I've been to New York, Florida, Oregon, Washington..."

And that speed has translated into big plays on the gridiron. Last season Austin reeled in 39 receptions to help the Jackrabbits win another CIF championship. This year Austin has bigger plans.

"I want to catch 50 passes this year," he said. "That was the goal last year, but that's understandable because we had Deshaun Jackson."

While Jackson was one of the West's top wide receiver recruits last fall, and ended up signing with California, don't look for Austin to follow the same path.

"My top three are Oregon, Notre Dame and UCLA," Austin said.

Rounding out Austin's list of schools are Colorado, Oregon State, Arizona and Arizona State.

So do the Irish really have a shot at the California native?

"I spoke to the coach from Notre Dame today. He said I should have an offer by the end of the week," he said.

And which coach from Notre Dame is recruiting you?

"Coach Polian. Coach Polian is a really cool dude," Austin answered.

Austin will certainly not have any trouble academically, as he carries a self-reported 3.2 GPA and 1,200 SAT. He would like to major in business management.

SMITTY'S TAKE - Austin truly appreciates the opportunity to be recruited and is not big-headed about his talent at all. Austin is the type of young man everyone should root for.

As for where Notre Dame stands. it will depend on his official visit to South Bend. Austin would like to visit Notre Dame for the Southern California game on Oct. 15. That could shape up to be a big weekend for Notre Dame recruiting since linebacker Toryan Smith has already set up his official visit to South Bend for that weekend.


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