April 11, 2006

Austin's still waiting

The Texas recruiting class is more than two-thirds the way full already, but there are still a few areas of need that the Longhorn staff would like to continue to address. One of the biggest priorities over the next several months will be to find a second defensive tackle prospect for the class to join current commitment Andre Jones.

In looking for players, the Texas coaches are searching all over the country, and they've got their eyes on some of America's top prospects. Washington (D.C.) Coolidge blue-chip tackle Marvin Austin is one player that's likely to get a close look from Texas when it's all said and done - Austin received some literature from UT assistant Mike Tolleson early on - but he said the contact from Texas has been minimal over the past couple of months.

"I actually watched a little bit of their pro day on the NFL network and things were looking good. But I haven't really heard much from them lately," said Austin. "There's a lot of schools that got on me early, but Texas is a great football program. And they have a lot of guys from Texas so they probably don't know too much about guys from other states yet. If they were to get in on me in May or something, they'd still have a chance."

The 6-foot-3, 299-pound Rivals100 member is still wide open at this early stage, and he said he's hoping to narrow his list down to between seven and 10 schools in June or July.

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