Aherns' junior stats speak for themselves. Out of 186 passes attempted, 104 were completed for 1572 yard, establishing a new school record at football tradition rich Jasper High School. Austin's father, Tony, is the head coach at Jasper H.S. in Jasper, IN. His junior year was s solid follow up from his sophomore year when he threw for 1546 yards. As a sophomore, Austin led Jasper to a 9 and 3 record. Jasper HS was beaten in the 2007 sectional final by eventual 4A state champion Evansville Reitz. College coaches have seen two important attributes - his athleticism and consistency in performance.
That consistency carries over to the classroom where Austin carries a 3.8 GPA on a 4.0 scale. Austin is genuinely excited about attending Indiana University's Junior Day on January 25. In fact, several juniors from the state of Indiana will be taking in the sites at IU on that day. When I asked Austin about his best moment last year he replied, "Winning the sectional of course, and beating Heritage Hills for the first time in 8 seasons." He also reflected that as a sophomore how much it hurt to be beaten by Evansville Reitz in the 2007 sectional final. But, Austin spoke of feeling great satisfaction in 2008 when Jasper HS beat Evansville Central 48 to 28 and was crowned one of 40 Indiana sectional champions.
Austin has set his eyes on the next step and is determined to help lead his teammates to the next level. "I want to help lead our team to compete for a state championship," He spoke assuredly. But as busy as he is in 3 sports, he is mindful that he must get better and develop mentally and physically as a quarterback. Several colleges have made the usual contacts and have expressed interest. Iowa, Purdue, Michigan State from the Big Ten and Louisville have expressed interest. But Austin is headed down to Indiana University on January 25th to start his recruiting journey as part of the class of 2010.