2006: Poly's Terrance Austin

After doing his time as second fiddle behind <b>DeSean Jackson</b> last season, it's now time for 6-1, 175-pound <b>Terrance Austin</b> to get the spotlight as Long Beach Poly's premier receiver. He attended UCLA's Junior Day...

With DeSean Jackson getting all the attention for Long Beach (Calif.) Poly last year, receiver Terrance Austin (6-1, 175) was used to playing second fiddle.

Jackson will take his skills to either Berkeley or professional baseball, but Austin will return to the Jackrabbits as one of their go-to guys, along with Travon Patterson.

Austin took in the Bruins Junior Day on Saturday, and raved about his trip to Westwood.

"It was nice. I was really impressed. I had a really good time there and meeting with the coaches and the players. I found a lot of things out I didn't already know," said Austin.

Austin doesn't have an offer yet, but is hearing from several teams across the country, including the Bruins, Cal, Oregon, Stanford, USC, Washington State, Colorado, Notre Dame, Tennessee, Nebraska, Ohio State, Georgia Tech and Miami.

"I'm pretty wide open right now, so I don't really have a top five. But UCLA is definitely one of those schools I'm going to strongly consider. It's close to home, I like the coaches and a lot of the players," Austin said.

While at Junior Day, Austin was able to hang out with several former Poly players. "I talked with Rodney Van, Byron Velega, Marcedes Lewis and Kevin Brown. We joked about how we could be the UCLA Jackrabbits," said Austin.

Austin met with Coach Dino Babers and Coach Eric Bieniemy. "They are both very nice. They answered a lot of my questions and were very helpful," said Austin.

An accomplished track athlete, Austin will run for Poly in the Spring and hopes to be able to do it in college as well. He runs the 110 hurdles, does the long jump and high jump as well as the pentathlon.

As a junior, Austin had 29 catches for 465 yards and 4 touchdowns for the Jackrabbits, who won the CIF Division I title.

Academically, Austin carries a 3.0 and recently took the ACT, but hasn't received a score yet. He will take the SAT in May.

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