After narrowing his decision down in early December and officially setting up visits to all of three of his current favorites for January, 3-Star Defensive End, Audie Augustine is nearing decision time.
"I've got it down to my top three schools," Augustine said. "They are currently NC State, South Carolina and Pittsburgh."
Augustine will take his first visit to Raleigh on the 6th, followed by an official visit to Columbia (SC) on the 13th and his final visit on the 20th to Pittsburgh.
"I like all the schools the same right now," Augustine claimed. "I'd say they all have different things that I like about them. I'm just looking forward to my visits to see if what the coaches have been saying to me, and talking about, are true. I want to see how I feel once I get on campus and how much each school excites me."
The Oakland Park (FL) Northeast standout sports a tremendous offer list, but says his college decision will ultimately depend on what he sees in the visit after two weeks of listening to coaches who came to visit him.
"I'm gonna look at surroundings, population," Augustine continued. "The weather, the team as a whole and the coaching staff - those are the types of things that I'm gonna be looking at."
Augustine broke down his three favorites independantly.
NC State: I like the fact that the head coach and the position coach came to see me and talked with me and my parents. I like how hard they've been recruiting me and want me. My parents really liked the way that the coaches talked to me and they generally aren't like that.
The Wolfpack coaches have described, in great detail, what kind of player they feel Audie Augustine could potentially be. After coaching two potential top 10 draft picks at defensive ends, they feel the 6-foot-2, 235 pound end can have similar results.
"They've got a great defense at NC State," Augustine claimed. "They said they are going to have 2 top 10 defensive ends in the draft. Those guys play the position I'll be playing in college, so that obviously tells you how good of a job they are at getting kids prepared for the draft."
South Carolina: "I mean, Steve Spurrier. He's done an amazing job to get them turned around alreaedy. I like the way that Steve Spurrier, Jr. has been recruiting me. He's very down to earth and I like his personality. It's very similar to mine and I like that."
Pittsburgh: "Dave Wannstedt, ya know, he's an ex-Dolphin coach so he knows what he's doing and what he's talking about. He's coached in the NFL and now he's back at Pitt. He's done a great job recruiting around the country and a lot of other guys are excited about the program. They got a good class coming in. Coach Patridge talks to me about how I fit in the future and I like what he's been saying."
Augustine, a three-star prospect and considered the No. 43 defensive end in the country according to Scout.com, garnered more than twenty offers during the recruiting process.