Austin Close to Making His Choice?
Nope. Dunbar-Baltimore star running back Tavon Austin will take all five of his official visits before making a college choice, Poets Coach Lawrence Smith said this afternoon at a luncheon for the coaches whose teams have advanced to the state semifinals.
Austin, who is 5-9 and 170 pounds, holds Maryland's career all-time rushing yardage (7,056 and counting) and career scoring (752 points) records entering Saturday's Maryland 1A semifinal against Catoctin. He has plenty of scholarship offers and has taken several unofficial (unpaid for) campus visits, including treks to Maryland, North Carolina and West Virginia.
Smith said that Austin has a visit set for Michigan on Dec. 12 and also wants to take a trip to Illinois.
"It's been crazy," Smith said. "The thing he's trying to figure out is what he wants to do. A lot of people want him to play slot. He just wants to fit into an offense. ... He's happy with slot, but he also wants to be able to run the ball.
"It's an issue because they question his size and being able to run the ball out of the backfield."
Smith said that North Carolina Coach Butch Davis wants to use Austin as a slot receiver like he did Santana Moss at Miami. "And Maryland wants to do a lot of things with him," Smith said.
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