January 15, 2014

Austin blessed to receive Baylor offer

The byproduct of a program's success is how recruits value its offers. Naturally, the value of Baylor offers has changed to where recruits are hoping for one and expressing satisfaction when they receive one.

Look no further than South Grand Prairie 2015 wide receiver Jaelan Austin who recently picked up his from the Bears. The 6-2, 190-pound prospect attended Baylor's home games against West Virginia and Oklahoma last fall. He will visit Baylor's campus for the first time on the Jan. 26 junior day.

"It was really a thankful feeling to get [the offer],'' Austin said. "I kind of had an idea I would get one from Baylor after talking to the coaches a while back. But still, it's a blessing and a relief. I really like Baylor. They're high tuned.''

The Bears' explosive offensive attack has caught the attention of wide receivers from around Texas and the country. Austin demonstrated his athleticism at the U.S. Army All-American combine during the first week of January in San Antonio. He tested at a 4.5 40, 4.22 in the shuttle and extended himself to 36 inches in the vertical test.

He holds offers from TCU, Texas A&M, Arkansas, Louisiana Tech, Minnesota and Iowa. He said he has an offer from Texas but hopes to find out if it will still be honored once new coach Charlie Strong and his staff make contact.

But there's no doubt Austin creates possibilities with his play. The Warriors had a tough season going 4-6. He was limited to just 533 yards of total offense (428 receiving, 105 rushing). But he had seven scores in his 42 touches, a score every sixth touch.

Because of need, SGP coaches played him on defense where he started at corner and safety. However, it appears offense will be his college destination.

"I think the college coaches can see I don't take plays off,'' Austin said. "I block hard down the field. My high school coaches let me run with the ball and I hope everyone could see I can make plays.''

And of course, a track background is attractive to Baylor. Starting his freshman year, Austin has run the anchor leg for the 4x100, 4x200 and 4x400. He also runs the 200.

This trip to the Baylor campus will be important. He's seen the glamour on Saturday nights in the fall. It's the everyday life where Austin wants more answers.

"I just want to know about their graduation rate and the support they have for their players,'' Austin said. "I want to get into business and marketing. But I also want to know what a degree coming out of Baylor means and it's worth when I get out of football.''

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