Three-star WR Jack Austin from Chino Hills HS (Chino Hills, Calif.) received an offer from San Diego State while he was in town for the SDSU 7-on-7 passing league.
Austin's offer was a pleasant surprise.
"SDSU offered after the 7-on-7 passing league. One of the coaches walked up and offered me," said Austin. "I was taken back by the offer. He just tapped me on the shoulder and broke the news to me. I was ecstatic and definitely very excited."
Following the offer, Austin got better acquainted with the coaching staff.
"My dad and I went by to talk to the head coach [Rocky Long] after my last passing league game. We talked in his office about recruiting, academics and what it's going to be like for incoming freshmen," said Austin.
"I was impressed by the meeting because the coach boasted about the academics, which stood out to me," stated Austin. "I like schools that don't just talk about football. I like schools that make it a point to their recruits that their academics are just as strong as their football program."
Austin possesses excellent size for a wide receiver. He stands 6-foot-3 and weighs 205 pounds.
Being big is great for a receiver, but how does Austin feel about his game on the field?
"I feel like I'm growing every week as a wide receiver," said Austin. "I'm excited to come into next season with a new offensive coordinator. It's going to make everything exciting. I feel like I have consistency as far as my catching ability. I've been told I have soft hands quite a bit for a big guy. My speed is deceptive, and it's definitely one of my strongest aspects."
Although Austin feels that he has deceptive speed, he doesn't want to settle for being called a 'deceptively fast' receiver.
"I'd definitely like to be faster. I want to get my 4.59 to a 4.5 flat or a high 4.4," said Austin. "I'd also like to continue to be a smart receiver. Not just a receiver that can just run and catch, but a smart receiver that knows what to do in certain situations."
How does Austin plan to be a smart receiver on the football field?
"I'm making it a bigger point to know which coverage the defense is in and where certain players are going and if they're disguising or not," said Austin. "I'm challenging myself in that area. On the other hand, my offense is installing a no-huddle offense, which requires me to think more than I would in a huddle offense. It's challenging, and I'm glad to have it."
And what has Austin worked on the most during the offseason?
"My biggest improvement from my point of view is my routes. I feel like my routes are getting more crisp and stronger every week as I progress," asserted Austin.
Last season, Austin finished with 921 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns. However, he just missed out on his goal.
"Every season, I want to get 1,000 yards receiving, and that's my goal this season," said Austin.
Austin appears to be pretty receptive to the thought of attending SDSU in the future.
"One big plus is that SDSU is very close to home. It's within an hour-and-a-half to two hours from my home, and I like that," stated Austin. "It's got a great campus and a strong coaching staff, which is very important in choosing a school. They boast high academics at SDSU, which is the most important thing."
Austin does not plan on making his college decision anytime soon though.
"Once I have my offers after the season, I'm going to start narrowing down teams based on whatever major I want to do," said Austin. "I'm going to see which school has the combination of the strongest program for the major I want to study and also the school with the strongest football program and coaching staff."
In addition to SDSU, Austin holds offers from Boise State, Oregon State, Utah and Utah State.
Austin's schedule in the near future is very sparse as far as visits go.
"I'm going to Stanford next Wednesday and Thursday for their camp. That's about it," said Austin. "I haven't planned any official visits yet, but I plan on using up all of my five visits."
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