"It's a really nice campus. It seems really homey to me," stated Weatherford to BigPurpleNation.com on Sunday night. "I like that it's far from my house, but not to far. I really like the coaches. I met with the head offensive line coach and he is a really nice guy. I just like the mentality they have at TCU"
All indications are pointing to the Frogs being very interested in the offensive tackle. Not only is he receiving weekly mail from TCU, but is being treated very well when at games.
"They treated him really good last weekend. When we checked in, they took him out of the check in line and Chris Gillert (Assistant Director of Football Operations) came and got him and walked him around," reported Greg Weatherford, Austin's dad. "I get a letter from them every week. I have been to three games. I got a lot of attention from them yesterday. I think they are pretty interested," stated Austin.
Currently the 2010 recruit is receiving interest from TCU, Georgia Tech, Texas Tech, Baylor, and Southern Miss. When asked who his early favorites were, Austin replied with #1 TCU, #2 Texas, and #3 Baylor.
"Everything about TCU is a good fit for Austin," said Greg Weatherford. "Basically he wants to find a place where he can fits in he can contribute. TCU is so far looking like the place if they like him and offer him. They have his degree plan. He likes the offensive line coach and he likes the head coach."
Maypearl saw a major turnaround in their football program this season. The Panthers finished 7-4 and 3rd in their district after going 1-9 in Weatherford's sophomore season. It was one and done for Maypearl losing to McGregor (Duncanville) in the first round, 35-0. Austin is expecting to be named to his second 1st Team All-District in the coming weeks. On the season he averaged 8.3 pancake blocks a game and 8.5 knockdowns.
"My team improved a lot on offense. We were averaging about 300 yards a game. Last year we had a 1-9 season and this year we had a 7-4 season," stated the junior. "We had a lot of seniors on this year's team, but I think we can be just as good next year."
At 6'5, 275 pounds, Weatherford (305 bench, 25 vertical) will be looking to improve on his vertical and explosion off the ball this summer. His parents have him going to a personal trainer in Mayfield, and are hoping he will shed a little off his 4.99 forty-time.
You can tell a lot about a player by asking them how they would describe their game. Even though Maypearl is predominately more of a running team, Weatherford describes himself as a better pass blocker.
"I really like the pass. I'm a better pass blocker. I have pretty good feet. I can run block, but like I said, I want to work on my explosion off the ball."
The junior is currently taking dual courses and has a 3.4 GPA. He is on pace to graduate with 30 hours of college credits. He will look to major in ranch management in college.
Look for more Austin Weatherford updates from BigPurpleNation.com in the coming months.