March 28, 2007

Austin enjoying the process

To some guys the recruiting process can get a little tiring, let's be honest here, it can get downright exhausting. Booker T. Washington's Darius Austin, a 5-foot-10, 170 pound ball of explosive energy does not see it that way at all, granted it is still early in the recruiting process, but Austin is having the time of his life.

Purple Menace.Com caught up with the playmaker to ask him a few questions and to get clarification on a recent article that had him placing TCU and Texas A&M at the top of his list.

"It's going real good, I'm just waiting on offers; I'm in no rush to decide. I'm really enjoying the process and I feel very blessed to be where I am right now" said Austin. "I know some guys get tired of the process, but not me, I like everything about it. I don't want to say that I have a favorite right now but I like everything about TCU. They have a great program; they have come a long way. They have very good coaches and they bring in the best athletes. I want to go where they will get me the ball and TCU is a school that I could see myself playing for."

One thing that is apparent when speaking with Austin is that he is not shy young man. As a matter of fact he relishes the role of being the go to guy. He wants the ball in his hands when the game is on the line and he wants to win as bad if not worse than anyone on the field.

"At school my friends call me Bush because I can do it all. If there was a player out there that I pattern myself after it would be Reggie Bush, I can make all the plays he does. I will be playing all over the field this coming year and I can make a big impact for my team in a lot of different ways."

Did I mention that he is confident? You have to love a guy that wants the ball and the limelight when it matters most. Austin mentioned that a visit to TCU was in the works and it would most likely come after April 17th, which is when he will be testing in school. He mentioned the most likely time to visit would be at the end of April.

Part of what makes a player truly great is that particular player's ability to excel at multiple positions. With Austin lining up at cornerback as well as receiver, I asked him what his thoughts were on the TCU defense.

"If you're the number 2 defense in the nation then you're doing something right. I want to play receiver so that I can have the ball in my hands but if it works out that I end up at corner, I would love to play for a defense like that. Defense is what wins games and they have a great one."

When asked when a decision would come down on his school of choice, Austin responded.

"I'm in no hurry, I want to lay low, visit the schools I'm interested in 2 or 3 times so that when I make a decision, I know it will be the right one. I'm going to be there for the next 4 or 5 years so I want to get it right. My uncle was an Olympic champion but the one thing that he taught me was to get my degree. If football doesn't work out you still have a good degree to fall back on. I want to be able to take care of my family, even if I don't make it in the NFL. God has really blessed me."

Be on the look out for this young man, he is destined to make an impact on or off the field.

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