RECRUITING: Texas DE names a leader

Canadian, Texas defensive end Auston English says he's down to OU and OSU, but which one currently leads?


Most teams in today's college football want a defensive end that can really motor, and Auston's motor always seems to be running very fast.

Blessed with great size and speed, Auston English is a must for schools like Oklahoma and many other of the big names in college football.

"I like all the attention a lot," said English. "The recruiting process is fine and just getting inside the system is great for me. I have been waiting to play college football since I was a little kid and it is great to now go through that process."

English is relatively new to the sport entering just his fourth year of organized football. The fact that he has started for three of those four years tells you a little bit just how talented he really is.

"I was a baseball player during my early years," said English. "I lived in Florida and just stayed true to baseball. I traveled every summer on AAU teams and almost played baseball year round. Then I moved to Canadian where they don't even have baseball, so I took up football and now football is my favorite sport. I have come to love the game a lot."

English goes both ways and actually made Class 2A All-State at tailback after rushing for 1,800 yards and 25 touchdowns. English didn't start playing defensive end until the last four games of last season, where he made 27 solo tackles (26 assisted) seven sacks and seven fumble recoveries. This season English will go both ways on a full-time basis.

English can bench 315 pounds, squats 400 and he has posted a 35-inch vertical jump. English has been to the OU and OSU one-day camps and he has been to Norman a couple of other times. This weekend he will go with his high school team to a seven-on-seven camp at SMU. English also starts in hoops and he participates in track (100M/11.15….shot (54'4)…spring relay (anchor).

English has been offered by Missouri, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma and Penn State, but one school has stepped forward.

"I have narrowed it down to OSU and OU and I am leaning towards OU right now," said English. "I really like the coaches at OU and I like Coach Stoops and how he runs his program. I like the atmosphere at OU and I like how they play their defensive ends. We play the same kind of defense at Canadian that they do at OU and that makes me feel very comfortable in their program."

English hopes to make his decision before the start of the college football season, but he says he won't rush his decision.

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