The coming weekend will be very important for the Irish in terms of recruiting. They will have some of the biggest names on campus to watch the spring game. Last week another Irish recruit, Arrelious Benn mentioned that Marvin Austin (6-2, 292 pounds) would be in attendance.
"I plan to come to Notre Dame and come to the spring game and see the coaches… it's official," Austin said when asked to confirm his travel plans. "I'm heading over with my coach and Arrelious is going over with his mentor. When we get down there we'll hook up and do some things.
"It's going to be a fun trip. I've been talking to Jimmy Clausen and I know he's coming down. He told me that he wanted meet me at Notre Dame. We didn't really talk too much about Notre Dame. We just talked about football in general, how hard we work and stuff like that. It should be a good time down there."
Austin will have no trouble making friends at Notre Dame. In fact, it is hard to imagine him not being welcomed just about anywhere. One moment he is looking forward to when he arrives in South Bend is being introduced to the Irish head coach.
"Meeting coach Weis face to face and being about to talk to him man-to-man," Austin responded when asked to name what he was most looking forward to during his trip. "Meeting the fans at Notre Dame also. I heard they got great fans there and I just want to verify it for myself. But really I'd say meeting coach Weis and shaking his hand."
Austin has lost count of his scholarship offers, although the number likely totals over 40. He won't visit them all, but he'd like to.
"I'll probably go to Florida State's football camp," Austin explained. "I might take a trip down to Georgia. I've already been down to Tennessee, and I'm planning on going back down there with Rico McCoy. I want to go to Miami. I just want to go to all the hot spots in the U.S. This is a good time to travel and see some places in the world."
One place Austin would like to check out is USC. The Trojans have been recruiting him heavily and program has a lot to offer.
"I talk to coach McNair, their running backs coach and coach Pete Carroll also," Austin responded when asked about his interest in the Trojans. "There's a lot of things I like about USC, of course their dominance and they've been producing great players. They've had three Heisman trophy winners in the past five years. Reggie Bush is my favorite player in football. There are a lot of things that intrigued me about their program and the things that they're doing to be successful.
"All these programs have great traditions and great fans. All of them have great things to offer."
As a junior Austin registered 80 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, eight sacks, and five forced fumbles.