Notre Dame is heavily recruiting speedy WR Kevin Austin out of North Broward Prep in Pompano Beach, Florida.
The 6’4, 190 pound junior is currently ranked in the top 300 with most recruiting services. He currently has 30 offers including big time offers from Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Florida State and many others.
What stands out to me most on Kevin Austin’s film is his elite speed and play making ability, especially his ability to break free after the catch.
Another very impressive attribute is his jumping ability and skill at tracking and high pointing the ball.
He plays in an area that’s typically loaded with speed at the defensive back position. You can see him consistently burning past these defenders and breaking away from them after the catch.
I spoke with Austin yesterday and he started by telling me about how he’s been hearing from staff at Notre Dame.
“Coach Denson texts me every single day, tells me motivational quotes in the mornings. Lately he’s been telling me they’re looking for some play makers who can really stretch the field. They’re looking for something big for their offense.”
“They’re looking for someone who can stretch the defense and is quick and can catch the ball and able to break free and score touchdowns.”
“It’s great that they’re bringing new guys in to change the program and hopefully make it better.”
I asked him for his thoughts on Notre Dame and if he had any plans to visit.
“When I think about Notre Dame, I think about rich culture and the great football program they have and great academics…. I’m probably going to the Irish Invasion camp. I want to go, I just need to work out the date so I can fit my schedule around it.”
He also mentioned his connection with new receivers coach, DelVaughn Alexander.
“He hasn’t talked to me too much cause he just got there, but he’s been saying he’s going to come and see me this spring.”
As I have seen many different measurables for Austin, I asked him about his current height and weight and what his goals are.
“I’m weighing in at around 190. My coach wants me to get to 195, stay there. Because of track season, I’m probably going to lose a couple of pounds but during the summer, I can probably get to about 195. I’m standing at 6’4.”
“Coach doesn’t want me to get too heavy cause he wants me to maintain my speed.”
With Austin’s skill set, I believe he would be an intriguing kick return prospect. I asked him about his experience in the return game.
“Yes, I did this year, but the funny thing is about that, the first game that we played, the first kickoff that I received, was a touchdown. So after that, teams shy’d away and wouldn’t kick it to me anymore and kicked it to the side and used squib kicks so i couldn’t get the ball.”
I asked Austin if he had any favorite teams growing up. Here’s what he said:
“I had two favorite teams. Florida was one of them, being the in-state team to root for and the other one was Michigan State which is from my father’s side. All my family’s from there. He went to Northwoods University to play basketball. It’s in Michigan also. It’s division 2 or 3.”
I asked him how he felt about the mid-west. He responded in favor and spoke about his future focus, academic wise.
“It’s great. I have nothing bad to say about it. Regarding my recruitment, it doesn’t matter where which school is where. It’s my education that i care about…I’m narrowing it down to three majors; engineering, business and kinesiology.”
“I value education. My parents instilled that in me.”
I asked him if he would be narrowing down his list anytime soon. Here is how he responded:
“I’m not really narrowing it down. If there’s schools out there that show me they really want me and they have a good education system, I’ll still consider them, but right now I have it down to 8 and I’m not still considering every school but probably Florida, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Miami, Duke, Kentucky, Tennessee….those are the schools that are pushing for me really hard.”
That wraps up my interview with Kevin Austin. This will be an interesting recruitment to keep an eye on.
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