Prep school update: Akeem Auguste
Akeem Auguste, a Hollywood, FL native, said he is adjusting well to life at Fork Union, and he's working hard both on and off the football field so he'll be ready to enroll at South Carolina in January.
"Everything's going good up here. I'm working out and staying in shape. It's basically like an extra year of high school. I just think of it everyday as getting ready to go to South Carolina," said Auguste. "I should be ready to go in January. I've just got to get some points on the SAT."
According to Auguste, he's been battling a hamstring injury of late, but he's now getting back to full speed and is showcasing his talents on the football field.
"I hurt my hamstring a little. I've missed one game, but I'm getting back and picking it up now. I'm playing a little receiver and DB and kick return. They're starting to put me in a lot. I've got a couple catches on offense. I've made some tackles on defense, and I have an interception."
Auguste, who was considered one of the top cornerback prospects in the southeast coming out of high school last year, said he has taken this time at prep school to get bigger, stronger and faster.
"I feel like I've gotten a lot faster. I've also gotten a lot stronger and bigger. I weigh like 183 right now. I'm getting big. I haven't been timed recently, but I think I can hit low 4.4's or high 4.3's (in the forty yard dash)."
The standout DB confirmed that he is still committed to South Carolina, and he's kept a close eye on the Gamecocks so far this season.
"I've been watching South Carolina's games and stuff. They're playing pretty good. They're doing a lot better than last season," said Auguste. "I can't wait to get up there and play. I'll bring good coverage skills, locking down on the best wide receivers in the SEC. I could also do kick returns. We'll see when I get up there."
Auguste said he has also kept in close touch with his USC Recruiter, Coach Robert Gillespie.
"I keep in touch with their coaches. I talk with Coach Gillespie. We talk about the games and what happened, how we're doing up here with our grades and stuff. He likes to make sure we're doing okay."
According to Auguste, the transition of being away from home has been made easier by having two of his future teammates, Antonio Allen and Eric Baker, at Fork Union with him.
"When we first got here, we didn't really know each other. We'd only really heard of each other, but now we're real close. We're roommates, so we eat together, sleep together and everything."
Auguste closed by sharing what his goals are for the remainder of the fall.
"I'm basically just working to get out of here and be healthy and ready to go."
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