Austin Taking More Official Trips

Long Beach (Calif.) Poly receiver Terrence Austin hosted the UCLA coaches on an in-home visit on Thursday and is scheduled to take his trip to Westwood next weekend. He talks about his recruitment and being selected to the U.S. Army All-American Game.

Long Beach (Calif.) Poly receiver Terrence Austin, UCLA's top offensive target in the class of 2006, will make his third official visit this weekend before he takes his trip to Westwood next week.

"I'm going to Arizona this weekend," said Austin. "Then next week I'm going to UCLA. I'm not sure if I'm going to visit Miami. They cancelled my visit because they wanted to focus for their game (against Virginia) so I haven't talked with them about rescheduling."

Austin had Oregon head coach Mike Belotti and two assistants for an in-home visit on Monday night then hosted UCLA tight ends coach Jon Embree on Thursday night.

"The in-home visits went very well. The coaches were real informative and really showed me a lot with their receivers," said Austin. "Notre Dame will also come before Christmas."

Austin's plan, as it has been for most of the process, is to announce on January 7th at the U.S. Army All-American Game.

"Me and my dad were just talking about that. Before my junior year, I didn't know if I would ever get recruited and now I've got a chance to announce my decision in the biggest all-star game on national television," said Austin. "It's pretty exciting."

Austin's selection to the West roster for the Army Game is one in which he admitted was a surprise to him.

"Ever since my sophomore year I wanted to play in that game because I wanted to live up to the tradition of Poly High receivers. I was iffy about me ever being selected but then when I sat down and watched DeSean (Jackson) play, I wanted to work hard so I could play in it. It will be a great experience for me," said Austin.

Austin has also been selected to the California roster for the CaliFlorida Bowl, held the 31st of December, the day prior to his departure for San Antonio.

For now, Austin said he will keep his mind on recruiting, with two visits the next two weekends.

"I'm really looking forward to taking that trip to UCLA. I've been there a bunch of times for practice and I went to a lot of the games at the Rose Bowl. But I haven't been able to take my official trip yet. It's like it has been, UCLA and Notre Dame are my leaders. I took my visit to Notre Dame in October so now it's UCLA," said Austin.

One of the main things that Austin has set as a priority in looking at each school is their academics.

"Some guys say academics are important, but for me it really is. I have the mindset that when I sit at that school, and then graduate with a degree that is prestigious, I'm going to be able to work for 40-50 years," said Austin. "The degree is very important to me and my family. I've worked real hard in school, making sure my transcripts were sent out to Ivy League schools, running to my academic counselor to make sure they were sending them out. I didn't understand how recruiting worked so I was working hard in case football didn't take me far. But it's all working out."

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