Austin and St. Aug faced a brutal regular-season schedule last year, facing the likes of McDonogh 35, LaGrange, Archbishop Shaw, Archbishop Rummel, and Thibodaux. The Purple Knights entered the playoffs as the No. 18 seed, but were able to travel to No. 14 East St. John and pull off a mild upset in the first-round. The following week, Austin and his teammates gave eventual state champion West Monroe quite a scare - taking the Rebels to the wire before West Monroe prevailed 27-26.
This year, most of the key players for St. Augustine return, including bookend tackles Austin and Trai Turner. Although Turner is projected as a guard on the next level, he and Austin man the offensive tackle positions for the Purple Knights and the formidable duo can certainly open plenty of holes.
College recruiters flocked to St. Aug's campus this spring for a look at Austin and his teammates. The Purple Knights completed spring training over the weekend with a scrimmage against West St. John.
"The scrimmage was nice," said Austin, who holds offers from SMU, Michigan, Kentucky, Houston, Baylor, Utah, and Tulsa. "It gave us a chance to show what we've been working on to the college coaches and our fans. We had a good turnout in terms of our fans."
Austin has a couple of favorite schools, but he's not ready to give anyone a verbal just yet.
"I'm thinking about committing during the middle of the summer or before the season starts. Michigan and Utah are my favorites right now. With Michigan, it would be a chance for a new life. Jake Long from Michigan is one of my favorite players and I've liked Michigan since I was little. I'm planning on going there this summer for a camp. The coaches want to see me do some one-on-one work.
"Utah's recruiting coordinator saw me workout and I started building a relationship with him. We talk quite a bit. I have two teammates (Joseph Theard and Maurice Sutton) that signed with SMU. I'm might take a visit there and I'm definitely very interested in SMU."