USA Gets Third Commitment For 2012

With the impending loss of the majority of the offensive linemen that have paved the way for the Jags for their first three years, restocking the offensive line is a top priority for the 2012 recruiting class. Commit Steven Foster of Demopolis was an excellent start and now another big body is in the fold.

Offensive lineman Daniel Aust of Hoover High School has committed to South Alabama. Aust, at 6'3" and 265lbs, fits the mold of rangier linemen that the USA staff is looking for in this recruiting class. Aust can play guard or center, but projects as a guard at USA, especially since 2011 signee DaMon Husband is redshirting with the idea that he will be groomed to replace incumbent Trey Clark in the future.

Coming from a football powerhouse like Hoover, Aust was bound to get attention from recruiters throughout the region. In addition to attending junior day at South Alabama, where he was dutifully impressed by the facilities as well as the coaching staff, he also attended those at Southern Mississippi, Mississippi State and Middle Tennessee State. Aust had shoulder surgery after this past football season concluded and the recovery from that has limited his physical activity. That limitation may have set back his recruiting a bit as well, but USA has become his first choice.

Undoubtedly the offensive line will be getting further reinforcements as the recruiting year plays out, but with Foster and Aust the Jags have established a firm foundation for the 2012 class.

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