Things Keep Getting Better For Austin

Wide receiver Terrence Austin continues to make plays for Long Beach Polytechnic high school (Long Beach, Calif.) this season. He was projected as a top prospect before the season, but his stock continues to rise as one of the top programs on the east coast has traveled across the country to battle Notre Dame and UCLA for Austin's services.

Good things generally happen to good people and you won't find a kid that's much better than Terrence Austin. When his scholarship offers started rolling in, Austin was very content with the offer from his early favorite, UCLA.

When his offer from Notre Dame arrived over the summer he was somewhat overwhelmed that a school with Notre Dame's athletic and academic reputation had taken notice of him.

If Austin was satisfied with his list of suitors before it now appears as if Terrence's cup runneth over.

"I just got an offer from the University of Miami," Austin said. "I pretty much thought I was done as far as things (offers) coming in, but this just opened a new level of recruiting for me.

"It kind of makes it a little tougher. I was considering them early, I really like Miami, I like the receivers coach and their personnel and how they run their offense. I really didn't think they were that interested and then it (offer) just popped up.

"The receiver situation there (Miami) looks just as good as UCLA and Notre Dame, so I figure I better check it out," he continued. "Like I said it just makes things a little tougher now."

Austin has been to the UCLA campus to a number of Bruin games, so he may not visit the school officially. He has set an official visit to Oregon (Nov. 19) and to Notre Dame.

"Oh yeah, that's on the October 15," he replied when asked if he was still going to visit Notre Dame for the USC game.

While the offer from the Miami staff has arrived, Austin hasn't confirmed a date to visit Coral Gables, but he will shortly.

"The (Miami) coaches were telling me a couple of dates that they wanted me to come out, but I haven't made a final decision on when. When I talk to him again, I'll probably set up the date then," he said.

When a program like Miami comes knocking on your door, you listen. Austin has a wealth of talent and he knows that Miami is known for producing playmakers at the wide receiver. Does the recent offer change the order of his top schools?

"I'd liked Miami for awhile, just like I used to like USC," he said. "It's been a battle between Notre Dame and UCLA -- it's been back and forth between them. It's been those two, then comes Miami and then Oregon."

Comment: Terrence is obviously excited about the official offer from Miami and he should be. The offer is a great indication of his ability. There are plenty of talented football players in the state of Florida, so Miami isn't going to travel all the way to California for a guy that can't make plays.


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