One trip set for Riverside's Austin

Riverside RB Jamil Austin (5-11, 200) didn't get as many carries as you might think a player of his caliber deserves, but that's because he was behind All-State tailback E.J. Schexnayder. caught up with the gifted ball-carrier recently and he updated us on recruiting including which school he will visit next week...

"I've got an offer from Idaho and I'm visiting there next weekend (January 25th)," Austin told "Texas State has also been recruiting me recently. They just called me and said they are interested, but they haven't offered yet.

"Other than those two schools, that's about it for me as far as recruiting goes."

With his size and 4.45 speed, Austin has everything you'd want in a tailback. However, sitting behind Schexnayder, he had to pick and choose his spots and take advantage of every carry he got.

"I mean, I would have preferred to get every carry, but I didn't mind it," Austin said. "It actually helped me learn from (Schexnayder's) mistakes and what the defense was doing against him and that allowed me to have some success.

"I run inside and outside. I like to mix it up. I can juke a guy or jump over him and I have enough speed to run away from them too."

The sophomore tailback finished the season with 335 yards on 68 carries and one touchdown and als hauled in 11 receptions for 152 yards and five scores.

Austin prepped at Colony (Ontario, Ca.) High School and enjoyed a solid career there.

"I was actually all set to sign with Portland State, but I wasn't able to get my test score and I had to sit out a year," Austin noted. "I gave up and came to Riverside and feel like it was the right decision for me to come here. We have a great program here and we play against some of the top JUCO talent in the country."

Austin will finish up his classes in May and he will have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

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