Austin Collie Returns From Provo

If you are one who constantly keeps recruiting on your mind, then perhaps this past weekend's Stanford-BYU game was also seen as a watershed event in the Cardinal recruitment of El Dorado Hills (CA) wide receiver Austin Collie. After all, Stanford has been fighting BYU since the spring for this LDS recruit who has his brother on the current Cougar roster, and whose father played in Provo...

Sacramento wide receiver Austin Collie has held two schools atop his college recruiting list for months now, and it never escaped his attention that they would play each other head-to-head this fall. So when Stanford and BYU just happened to meet for the first time in their history during his senior year, he was sure to make the trip to Provo.

Thus Collie found himself sitting in the stands Saturday afternoon at LaVell Edwards Stadium. It couldn't be too glowing an experience for a wide receiver to watch a defensive battle, but it was still a noteworthy game to watch for the hot West Coast recruit.

"You know it will always be in the back of my mind," Collie says of the 18-14 Stanford victory. "But it really didn't have that big of an impact, the great thing about college football is that any team can win on any day. Both teams do things really well. I saw that even with Stanford being down most of the game, they still hung in there and pulled it off. I liked that a lot, and they didnt let the fans get to them. With BYU, the environment was great."

Did he find himself cheering or rooting for one particular team during the game?

"Stanford is still my number one school," he admits. "You're going to hate me, but I really wasn't rooting for ayone. I was just there to observe. I know that was not the answer you were looking for."

Well, Austin, you are right that we have to fish for these things in our business. And it stings when we get such diplomatic non-answers!

Though the game and visit unofficially brought him to BYU's beautiful home campus, he used the opportunity to try and talk with the Stanford coaches. However, he learned that NCAA rules prohibit such contact and came up empty.

"I went down to the field an hour before the game. I was anxious to talk to everyone at Stanford, but I found out it was illegal to talk to the coaches when they are on someone else's campus."

The evening before that intercollegiate contest, Collie had a very busy Friday night on the football field. His Oak Ridge HS team beat Folsom 40-0, and he never left the field. In addition to his offensive and defensive duties, he was a busy special teams participant with kickoffs, punts and PAT work. Collie hit all four PAT attempts and put four of his five kickoffs in the endzone for touchbacks. On two of his punts he took off with the ball for 25-30 yard runs.

"They weren't called in the huddle," he adds. "Coach just gives me the green light to take off whenever I see it."

Folsom employed a double-team strategy to lock down on Collie while he was on the field at receiver, though he still pulled in five catches for 50 yards and one touchdown. On defense he shut down his opponents at cornerback. No passes were completed on his side of the field and he "put a lickin' on some kids."

One final note of Cardinal import is the progress of Collie's Stanford application. He says that all of his teacher recommendations are done and mailed in, while his essays are "getting there."

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