Austin calls Oregon a dream school

Grand Prairie (Tex.) wide receiver Jaelan Austin discusses one of his dream schools with his commitment date nearing.

South Grand Prairie (Tex.) wide receiver Jaelan Austin has plenty of offers, but he's waiting on a few specific ones from the Pac-12. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound three-star prospect has 15 offers according to Scout.com with more sure to come. However, Austin is hoping to land a big offer from Oregon.

"It's just been my favorite school since I could remember," Austin said of Oregon. "Oregon and USC have been schools that I've been watching since I was little so those are the two dream schools for me."

Oregon wide receivers coach Matt Lubick paid a visit to Austin recently and the junior said he "put on a show" for him at wide receiver and cornerback in an effort to get closer to that offer.

"He said I was one of the best receivers he saw," Austin said Lubick told him.

After showing him what he could do, Austin talked with Lubick about the process of landing the offer, which includes some convincing of offensive coordinator Scott Frost.

"He said basically that they were going to offer me," Austin said. "He said that Oregon has a long process of offering somebody. It's not like the other schools where it's just a quick offer."

"He said he's going to try and push Coach [Scott] Frost and the others to offer me before the end of this month."

Austin, who has declared a commitment date of May 21, said he was thrilled just to learn he was up for an offer. There were plans for a further evaluation this week, as well as a visit from USC, but those were derailed after Austin suffered a minor injury last Friday.

"They wanted to see me workout," Austin said. "Also, Coach Frost wanted to see me. Coach Lubick sent him down right after seeing me to come watch me so that I could hurry up and get the offer, but I wasn't practicing so my coach just told him to come back next week."

Undeterred Austin said he'll be healthy next week for the schools that will be coming by. He believes that the Oregon offensive is a system that he could adapt to given what he is used to at South Grand Prairie.

"Our offense is run kind of like theirs," Austin said. "Up-tempo, a lot of motion and getting people out into places. I think I'd fit right in with the offense."

Austin listed Oregon, Boise State, Ole Miss, Nebraska, Illinois and Iowa as some of the schools he's been focusing in on. Four have been recruiting him harder than other programs.

"Definitely Texas Tech, Illinois, Ole Miss, and Iowa," Austin said. "Those four schools have been hitting me up every day."


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