Long Beach star has WSU offer

WITH SEVEN OFFERS under his belt, Terrence Austin is a hot prospect in the conference of champions -- five of those offers are from Pac-10 schools, including one from the Cougs. The Long Beach, Calif., standout details his offers, leaders list and offers up a familiar refrain to those who follow Cougar recruiting -- WSU assistant coach Kelly Skipper is one cool dude.

In addition to Washington State, Austin has scholarship offers from UCLA, Oregon, Colorado, Utah, ASU and Arizona. The Wildcats just offered a couple days ago, telling the Long Beach Polytechnic receiver they see him having the chance to be an early impact type of player in their program. Notre Dame is also among those recruiting Austin hard.

Austin (who checked in at 5-11, 171-pounds at a recent combine) detailed his leaders list for Scout.com recently, but he's since changed his mind.

"Right now, I don't think I really have a Top 5," said Austin. "I'm pretty much giving everyone a fair chance right now."

It is safe to say, however, that he likes UCLA a lot. One reason -- the prospects of early playing time. The Bruins showed him their depth chart and talked about how they see him fitting in in Westwood. But Austin also said other schools such as Washington State and Arizona offer a similar opportunity.

"And the depth chart is right there, too, at Washington State. I'm looking at them a lot as well," Austin said.

Austin, a very likeable student-athlete, has made a connection with some of the coaches he's talked to this recruiting season, including those at Notre Dame and Arizona. The Cougs' Kelly Skipper is right there at the top of the list.

"I like Washington State and coach Skipper," said Austin. "He's a real nice guy and I carry on a conversation with him real well. He doesn't treat me like a recruit -- he talks to me like I'm one of my friends and like a person. And that's what I really like about him. He's a real, real cool guy."

Something Austin hopes to get a good feel for are the wide receiver depth charts of the schools recruiting him over the coming year. The chance to earn early playing time will be one of the key factors in his decision. "I'm ready to play right away," said Austin with a laugh.

DISTANCE WILL NOT be a factor in Austin's college of choice and he has no preference between a big city or rural college environment.

"No, not at all, not at all," he said. "As a matter of fact, I have a lot of interest in Notre Dame and they're not exactly close by...I've talked with coach Polian a lot. We've had good conversations....I don't think (a surrounding environment) really matters at all for me. I think what's really going to matter for me is just the school. I'm going to be involved there for the next four years and that's all I'm going to be worried about." Austin doesn't plan on making a decision any time soon and is looking forward to going through the recruiting process.

"I'm just at the point right now where I'm open to everybody," he said. "I'm definitely not in a hurry right now."

Next up for Austin, he'll be competing in the high jump at states, where he's cleared 6-8 3/4 this year. Top marks this track season for Austin also include a 10.79 in the 100-m, 14.58 in the 110-m hurdles, 23 feet in the long jump and a time of 38.9 seconds in the 300 meter hurdles. He also recently clocked a 4.53 in the 40.

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