Austin One of the Country’s Top Prospects

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Yesterday, Marvin Austin received 10 text messages from college coaches hoping to land his signature come February’s signing day. It’s a typical day for Austin, who is considered one of the top overall prospects in the country for the 2007 class, but the 6-3, 300-pound Coolidge (Washington, D.C.) star is taking it all in stride.

“I’m handling it well,” Austin said. “I knew it was going to be a lot of pressure, but I’m dealing with it great. I’m enjoying it. I’m trying to control it and not let it control me.”

Florida State, Maryland, Notre Dame, N.C. State, Penn State, Southern Cal, Texas, Virginia and Virginia Tech are among the many, many Division 1A programs already to extend official offers to Austin. A defensive tackle and offensive guard for head coach Jason Lane, Austin, in what really shows his athleticism, he also has played running back, fullback and tight end.

“Marvin is what I consider a freak of nature,” Lane said. “Marvin actually runs about a 4.72 in the 40. At 300 pounds and a 4.72 40, his maximum bench press is about 450 as a junior. He also runs the 55 meters and the 300 meters in track and you don’t see that too often. And he does well in those events. He’ll win his heat.”

Austin, who recently bench pressed 225 pounds 26 times, is being recruited by all schools as a defensive lineman. As a junior this past season, he finished with 12 tackles-for-loss, eight sacks and five forced fumbles. His primary position is defensive tackle, but he is athletic enough to play defensive end.

This off-season, Austin is working hard on and off the field in preparation for his senior season.

“I’m just trying to work on becoming a better defensive lineman and a better football player overall,” Austin said. “I’m working on my overall athleticism. I want to become more to a team than just a defensive lineman. I don’t call myself a defensive lineman. I’m just an athlete. I also play offensive guard. I can play fullback and tight end. I’m just trying to become a better athlete and get bigger, faster and stronger. Off the field, I’m trying to become more of a better person. I’m not a bad person