Austin Schedules Visit to Notre Dame

Long Beach Polytechnic high school is not only one of the top football programs in the state of California, but it's also one of the best programs in the country. It shouldn't surprise anyone that college recruiters find a number of Division I prospects at the legendary Southern California school annually. This year wide receiver Terrence Austin is one of those players and he's gotten the attention of the Irish coaching staff.

Finding a kid like this was the easy part for the Irish coaching staff. The hard part will be to lure a guy from Southern California to South Bend. To complicate matters, Terrence Austin (5-10, 170) grew up a USC fan.

"Yeah, I grew up watching USC, and basically the whole family was USC fans" Austin said. "I attended a lot of USC games.

All is not lost though; in previous interviews Austin has mentioned that UCLA and Notre Dame were his top college choices at this time. I asked Terrence how he became interested in Notre Dame.

"With Notre Dame, I use to like the Oakland Raiders when they had Tim Brown," Austin explained. "I followed him a lot and found out he went to Notre Dame so they caught my attention, and I started watching them and seeing how they played.

"My receiver coach (Reggie Ward) went to Long Beach Poly from 1980 to 1983 and he graduated from Notre Dame and played with Tim Brown.

"I'm the type of person that wants a school where I can go and play and also be confident in my education," continued Austin. "I talked to him (Ward) about Notre Dame and I started to realize that the education carries a lot of weight. A degree from Notre Dame is big-time all over the world. So when I received a scholarship (offer) from them, I said I was definitely considering Notre Dame. He explained everything to me about Notre Dame. I've had him as a resource telling me the pros and cons about going to school there, so I've been interested since then."

Austin is Mr. Everything. He plays wide receiver, safety and he also returns punts and kicks. To do those things at a program like Long Beach Poly speaks volumes about the talent this player has. I asked Terrence what the Irish coaching staff though he would bring to the Notre Dame program.

"I bring a lot of speed," he responded. "They like my route running and they're looking for a deep threat.

"I think Notre Dame has a couple of senior receivers. I think UCLA's receivers are a little younger."

Besides the Irish and Bruins, Austin is still considering Oregon (offer), Cal, Miami, Arizona (offer), Arizona State (offer) and Washington State (offer).

Comments: Terrrence is a great kid and I think he'd be a great fit for Notre Dame. UCLA is probably a notch ahead of Notre Dame at this point, but he hasn't visited Notre Dame. That will happen fairly soon and if the Irish can put together a solid season, they have a very good shot at the talented wide receiver.


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