Terrence Austin and his Long Beach Poly teammates are one of the favorites to win the CIF division I championship. The Jackrabbits are 8-2 as they head into the playoffs this weekend.
"We're getting out of practice late, we watch extra film, it's playoff time so we're putting in a lot of work," Austin said this week's regime. "There are four weeks of playoff games and then the championship is December 10th. We're the No.2 seed and our first game is against Huntington Beach."
Austin has only taken one official visit and that was to Notre Dame for the USC game. With playoffs getting into swing, it won't be easy to make official visits prior to his scheduled announcement.
"The first two playoff games are on Friday night, and the last two would be on Saturday, so I've got one (official visit) this week to Oregon, and then one next week to Miami. I have two more to UCLA and Arizona, but I'm not exactly sure what I'm going to do with those.
"I'm still planning on announcing at the Army All-Star game. I head down to the game January 1st through January 8th," Austin said when asked to confirm the timing of his official announcement.
Notre Dame has always been among Austin's leaders, but with the Irish slowly closing the available scholarship spots, the timing of his pending announcement may be as crucial as anything.
"Oh yeah, definitely, definitely," Austin said when asked if Notre Dame was still under consideration. "Notre Dame was my first trip and it was a great visit. It's going to be a tough trip to follow and everything was good about it.
"I've been talking to both coach Polian and coach Weis. They said they'd keep me up to date and let me know how many spaces they had," Austin added.
Comment: Coach Weis told Austin after his visit that the 2006 class would likely be closed by January, and it appears they have kept him apprised of the scholarship numbers. With the latest commitment of Richard Jackson, will the Irish still pursue Austin?