Austin Box, LB, 6'3, 220, 4.6, ENID, OKLAHOMA:
JH: I know you are one of the best baseball players in the state, and I keep hearing that you could be a top 10 pick in the upcoming Major League Baseball draft. So what kind of real interest do you have in baseball?
AB: "I think mainly right now it is for high school. I don't have any desire to play in college really, but if major league baseball threw a lot of money my way I would have to consider it. That is the only way that I would play baseball and not football. I want to play football in college and I want a career in football."
JH: What are you hitting in baseball?
AB: "I am hitting around .400 through 10 games. I have one home run so far and nine RBIs. We are 5-5."
JH: What was your average last year?
AB: "I hit .348 with four homers and 20 RBIs."
JH: You played on a great summer team, so how many guys on your current team are playing on your school team?
AB: "There are not too many. There are only three others because it was mainly an older team that we were playing for."
JH: OU got a commitment from a middle linebacker today. Have you heard about that? And if so, how do you feel about that knowing that OU has so few scholarships to give?
AB: "Yeah, I did hear about that today honestly. It does make me think about it, especially since I know they don't have many scholarships for my position. It makes me realize that I may need to make my decision quicker if I decide that I want to go to OU."
JH: So that means that you are currently thinking harder about committing early?
AB: "Yeah, that is exactly what it means. I just don't want to make any decisions to quickly, but it does make me think over some things."
JH: How is recruiting going with you at the moment?
AB: "It is the same six, but I recently picked up a couple more offers from Tulsa and Michigan State. Mainly it is the same six — OU, OSU, Kansas State, Kansas, Nebraska and Texas Tech. I would say that OU is still my leader."
JH: Do your friends talk to you much about recruiting or is it a case that nobody cares about it?
AB: "We talk about it a lot. All my friends would like me to go to OU. So if I committed to OU early, they would be thrilled about it."
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