Austin's List is Changing

The elite receiver from Long Beach (Calif.) Poly, Terrence Austin, who has maintained UCLA as his leader for sometime, recently received a scholarship offer that changed up his list of favorites, and is anticipating more offers soon...

Long Beach (Calif.) Poly receiver Terrence Austin (5-11, 170) recently received a scholarship offer that greatly influenced his list of favorite schools.

It came in June, from Notre Dame, and that quickly moved the Fighting Irish into the top two on his list.

"UCLA is my leader and Notre Dame is right behind them," said Austin.

In fact, Austin has already set up an official visit to South Bend, on October 15th, to watch them take on USC.

"I'm really looking forward to that one," Austin said. "I want to probably take my (official) trips to the out-of-area schools, because I can take unofficial ones to the local schools like UCLA or Cal. But if I feel like an official is necessary, I'll take it. I'll probably set the trips up during the season, but may take some of them after the season. I'm hoping to be busy into December."

To date, Austin has nine scholarship offers, from UCLA, Notre Dame, Arizona, Arizona State, Washington State, Oregon, Oregon State, Colorado and Utah. But he anticipates a couple of other significant scholarship offers coming soon. "I also think California could offer me at the end of August when they can start calling and Miami as well," said Austin.

With so much happening with him in recruiting, he said a commitment anytime soon is probably not very likely. "I want to take my trips and get a good chance to look at everything. I'll get to compare things and make sure I chance had to see everything and make a fair choice," Austin said.

For now, Austin is focusing on the beginning of his senior year, which begins with workouts this week for the Jackrabbits opener against Corona Centennial.

"Right now, it's about my team and focusing on them. We've got Centennial up to start and we want to get 1-0. But I'd be lying if I said I wasn't starting to look forward to playing Bellevue (Wash.)," Austin said.

The West's second-ranked Jackrabbits will visit Qwest Field in Seattle on September 16 to face Bellevue, who was picked #3 in the west.

"Even though we have a game before it, everyone is excited about it. To play at Qwest Field, where the Seahawks play, is pretty exciting. I'm looking forward to that game. It's going to be a pretty tough game but I'm ready to get out there," Austin said.

Austin said that the contingent of Poly players currently at UCLA has been doing their part to get him to join them in Westwood.

"They're trying to recruit me, but they tell me to do what's best. But I know they would take care of me if that's where I end up," said Austin. "I went to a UCLA practice and their scrimmage too. It was nice and everyone is real cool to me. All of those Poly guys, I always see those guys and they're running up to me, greeting me, showing me around, telling me they'll take me under their wings. I feel real comfortable there."

As a junior, Austin had 29 catches for 465 yards and 4 touchdowns for the Jackrabbits, who won the CIF Division I title. He's expected to be the showcase receiver in Poly's offense this season.

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