One of them is their top offensive target, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly receiver Terrence Austin, who has been a surprise for many of the observers of the Army Bowl practices this week who hadn't seen Austin.
Saturday, Austin will be center stage as he makes his college choice by announcing on NBC. "I'm ready to announce on Saturday," said Austin. "It's been a fun time this week, but Saturday is when I make that announcement. It's going to be from UCLA, Oregon, Notre Dame and Miami."
Austin said he knows the school he is going to and that if he gets a chance this week, he will call and let the coaches of the schools he doesn't choose know before Saturday. "If we have some time, I will call the coaches and let them know of my decision," said Austin. "I've known for a while where I want to go, and unless something happens between now and then, that's where I'll be announcing."
Austin said he would be pulling the hat of his school choice from a bag to announce his decision, doing what he said has been a goal of his when he first started being recruited.
"I talked to (former Poly teammate) DeSean (Jackson) and he told me to follow my heart and do what's best for you and this is a once in a lifetime chance. I also told him that I'm a jumper and that if I get a chance to score, I'm jumping into the end zone and I'm going to make it," said Austin, taking a little stab at his boy, Jackson. Jackson, you'll remember had a breakaway touchdown in last year's game and attempted a flip into the end zone to put the exclamation point on his run, except he missed the end zone by two yards.
The last two days in practice, Austin has showed why he was selected, having an excellent morning session on Wednesday as well as on Thursday. One of the players he's victimized on multiple occasions has been Destrehan (La.) cornerback Jai Eugene, the top ranked corner in the nation by Scout.com. On Thursday, Eugene was beat by Austin on consecutive plays, Austin getting off the line before Eugene had a chance to bump him.
One of the areas that Austin has stood out and caught the eye of most of the scouts and coaches in attention has been in his route-running. He's the most polished route runner on the West, and has consistently been in position to catch each pass thrown to him.
Austin said that he spoke with UCLA players and former Poly teammates Rodney Van and Byron Velega before coming out to San Antonio and both were making last minute sales pitches for the Bruins.
"They both said they want me to come up there with them and to just enjoy this time," said Austin.