WR, Class of 2021
St. Paul’s School, Baltimore, MD
Kylen Austin some interest already from smaller FCS schools, but on Tuesday came a breakthrough.
It was that afternoon that the St. Paul’s (Md.) 2021 athlete got not only an FBS, but a Power Five offer, when Virginia Tech informed him it was offering him a scholarship. Liberty and William & Mary followed suit the next day, bringing his total to five.
“I mean, I didn’t know I was going to get it,” Austin said of the phone call with the Hokies. “But when he said I had the offer, my eyes got big out of nowhere. I was so surprised. I was so happy.”
Now, Austin is looking more closely at his current options. He’s also mindful of one specific school as he goes through his checklist of preferences.
“The main thing I’m looking for is if I can fit into the school,” Austin said. “The best fit for me, that’s major. Then academics, since I want to major in business. It’s just the people around you that make you feel like it’s home, just show a lot of love and stuff.”
So far, Austin said he’s seen a lot of those characteristics at Virginia Tech.
“That was a big one, and I couldn’t believe I got that phone call,” he said. “I like how the coach, he talked a lot about me. It was like he really loved my film and thought I could be a big impact on the 2021 class. He said they saw a lot of potential in me, on the phone.”
Assistant coach Jafar Williams has been Austin’s primary recruiter, and he extended the offer. To this point, though, Austin said he’s still growing accustomed to Williams.
The Hokies like Austin as a wide receiver, which Williams divulged. While other schools have thrown out defense, offense is his preference.
“I mean, wide receiver is my main spot, but I can be at any position the coach needs me to,” Austin said. “That’s my mindset. Wherever you need me, I’ll go. Receiver is my best spot. I mean, in my plays, I can work more in space....
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