Augustine down to two

The University of Pittsburgh has been actively pursing a number of quality defensive end prospects. Audie Augustine (6-ft-2 inches, 235 pounds) from Northeast High School in Oakland Park, FL happens to be one of the fastest defensive ends still available. The PantherDigest.com talks with Audie about his official visit to Pitt on January 20th.

"I'm down to two schools: Pittsburgh and North Carolina State," stated Audie Augustine. "I recently narrowed it down to those two schools. I like them both and I'm excited about visiting Pitt."

Northeast High School struggled to a 0-7 record last season. Augustine's team was unable to play three games due to hurricane damage. "We had a really young team. There were only nine seniors and we did everything we could to keep the games competitive. It was tough," said Audie.

Augustine will be visiting Pitt on January 20th. He will visit North Carolina State the following week (1/27). When asked if he was leaning towards the Wolfpack, he replied, "NC State has been after me for a long time. My parents have met with their recruiting coordinator and head coach. I like them but I'm very open to Pitt. I can't wait to see the school and learn more about their football program."

Scout.com ranks Augustine the 43rd best defensive end in the nation. He is capable of running a 4.6 forty-yard dash and squatting over 500 pounds. Audie has primarily been recruited by Panthers assistant coach Charlie Partridge.

"I want to see how the Pitt players treat me. I also want to see their facilities and take in the atmosphere of the school and the program. It's important to me that I know the team is going to work hard. I look at the New England Patriots and I see what they have done. There aren't many super stars on their team but they work hard and win. I want to know the team I'm going to has a similar work ethic."

Augistine 73 tackles and 10 sacks as a junior. He would like to weigh at least 240 pounds his freshman year in college. Audie describes himself as "explosive" and "instinctive" on the football field.

"I look forward to meeting Coach (Dave) Wannstedt. I'm aware of their great recruiting class but I can't let that be too much a factor into my decision. I really can't look at playing time as well. I want to play but academics and atmosphere are going to be my main to factors."

The University of Pittsburgh continues to pursue two additional defensive end prospects: McKenzie Mathews (6 foot 3 inches, 240 pounds) from Syracuse, NY and Geno Atkins (6 foot 2 ½ inches, 270 pounds) from Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

Harry G. Psaros can be contacted at harrypsaros@msn.com.


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