Bruins Keep Eye On Austin

UCLA is keeping tabs on La Puente (Calif.) Bishop Amat lineman Dominique Austin, who picked up his first offer last week from Arizona. Austin attended UCLA's Junior Day and could camp there this summer...

Last year was one of the rare seasons where La Puente (Calif.) Bishop Amat didn't have a player sign with a D-I school. But this year, that shouldn't be a problem, and defensive end/offensive lineman Dominique Austin (6-4, 241) has his first offer to get the Lancers back on the block.

Austin picked up that first offer late last week, from Arizona, and he was pretty thrilled to get it.

"Yeah, I was very excited that they offered me," said Austin. "Coach Wyatt was the one who offered me and they offered me as an offensive tackle."

The Wildcats aren't the only Pac-10 team who Austin has been receiving positive interest from.

"I've been hearing from Oregon and Oregon State a lot too," said Austin. "Oregon called but I missed it. I know they're interested and they're going to come by the school. I really like that school."

Another Pac-10 school in which Austin has interest in and has heard from during the process is local school UCLA. The Bruins have recruited at Bishop Amat through the years and the Lancers coach, Mark Verti, played for UCLA in the late 1990s.

"I went to their Junior Day and still hear from them once in a while. If they offered, I'd definitely be interested," said Austin. "I'm going to wait to see what happens. But I like them."

Cal and Notre Dame are two other schools in which Austin has solid interest in but he said that he doesn't have a favorite school. Notre Dame is another program that has traditionally recruited well at Bishop Amat, with Kory Minor and Joey Getherall the most recent Lancers to end up in South Bend. In fact, Getherall is a close family friend of Austin.

"I'm just going to take my time and keep my options open," said Austin. "I'd like to commit during the summer, before the season, so I can get it over with and focus on my season, my grades and graduation."

Austin said that while Arizona offered him as an offensive lineman, most schools like him on the defensive side of the ball.

"I'll play whatever position the college feels I'm capable of playing," said Austin. "I like defensive end, but I'm open to anything."

After a strong showing at the Combine late last month, (he earned all-combine honors), Austin is beginning to focus on his plans for the summer.

"I think I might attend the Cal camp and the SC Lineman Camp and maybe the UCLA camp," he said.

Academically, Austin has a 2.6 and scored a 1320 on his first attempt at the SAT. He took it again last weekend.

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