Washington WR talks UTEP visit

Booker T. Washington WR Darius Austin is one of the top athletes in the city of Houston. After pulling in an offer from UTEP over the summer, Austin has kept close contact with the Miner coaches. Here recently, he went to El Paso to get a closer look at the Miner program. TPI caught up with Austin after his official visit.

Booker T. Washington wide receiver Darius Austin hit the recruiting radar last season after a stellar junior year. With plenty of interest and a few offers in hand, one school stands out amongst the rest, UTEP. Austin took his first official visit to El Paso and came back Sunday pleased with what he saw.

"I just got back 30 minutes ago," the 5-11, 170-pound Austin said. "It was a really good visit and I got to meet several players and ask them about their experience in El Paso. It is a good atmosphere there and I like the way everyone in El Paso supports the school."

Though Austin enjoyed the visit, he asked a few of the players and locals a few questions about the terrain of the region. He realized quickly that El Paso is a little different than the big city.

He also commented on how well nourished he got on the trip.

"We ate like crazy up there," Austin said. "I must have gained 3-4 pounds a day while I was up there. Something else I was wondering, when I got there I asked everyone ‘where is the trees? You know I am from the city so I am wondering where they are."

The Miners took on Tulsa during the visit and won by the score of 48-47. So, was the visit good enough to go ahead and give UTEP a verbal commitment?

"I still do not know when I am going to commit," Austin said. "I would like to take a few more visits before I decide."

As far as other visits are concerned, Austin talked about a possible visit to New Mexico State but was unsure if he would make the trip. The way it looks right now, it appears the Miners have the upper hand with Austin.

"UTEP is the school that is showing me the most love right now," Austin said. "So far, they have taken real good care of me."

For the 2007 season, Austin has 11 catches for 104 yards and a rushing touchdown. He and the War Eagles team are gearing up for the big game this week against Houston Yates.


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