Colo. OL Brendon Austin to visit Junior Day

Big Colorado offensive lineman Brendon Austin has emerged as one of the best 2011 tackles in the nation. A physical 6-foot-6, 265-pound mauler from Chapparal High, Austin has earned offers from Stanford, Notre Dame, Cal, Arizona, Colorado, Utah, Colorado State and New Mexico.

Brendon Austin denies a favorite at this time, but that could change, sooner rather than later. Austin will fly out to Palo Alto next weekend for the Cardinal's Junior Day, and is looking forward to the trip.

"Right now it's pretty even, but I'm going to get up to Stanford this next weekend so we'll see how that goes," Austin said. "I'm excited.

"It's a very storied academic program and their football program is on the rise. They're looking good right now."

Austin hopes that his visit will allow him to learn more about Stanford's academic offerings and get better acquainted with the coaching staff.

"For me, I'm looking to go into something like engineering, so I want to learn more about their academics in that kind of field," said Austin, who reports a 3.4 GPA. "Then, obviously, I want spend more time with the coaches and get more familiar."

Austin is being recruited by offensive line coaches Greg Roman and Tim Drevno, and he admits to being impressed with the work that duo did with the Cardinal's offensive line in the 2009 season.

"They're both great guys," Austin said. "They have a lot of good history, especially Roman being in the NFL for all those years. They had a great offensive line last year so that's [a positive] too." Although it's clear academics will play a large role in Austin's decision-making process, he's also looking to develop a nice rapport with his future coaching staff.

"Just having a good chemistry with the coaches, and then overall how comfortable I am with the university [is important]," Austin said.

At this point, Austin only has one other visit planned: a trip to Notre Dame over his spring break. The three-star recruit said he would ideally make his decision a few months before Signing Day.

"For me, I'm hoping sometime late summer or maybe beginning of football season, so I'd rather not drag it out," Austin said.

To some fans of Cardinal football, Austin's style of play and recruiting profile might bring back memories of 2010 commit Dillon Bonnell. Both are highly recruited and academically-oriented Colorado linemen who can be seen on tape physically dominating their opponents.

And while they might not know each other that well at this point, Austin said that he and Bonnell have been in contact.

"I'm familiar with Dillon Bonnell," Austin said. I've been talking with him a little bit."

But whether Austin will end up in Palo Alto playing his college ball alongside Bonnell remains to be seen. Stay tuned to The Bootleg for reaction from Austin following his Junior Day visit, and all the latest of 2011 recruiting.

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