Dunbar football coach and police officer Lawrence Smith sifts through recruiting mail with Tavon Austin last October / Sun photo by Lloyd Fox
According to Smith, Austin has picked up scholarship offers from Maryland, Boston College, Rutgers, Virginia, West Virginia, Syracuse, Penn State, Illinois and South Carolina.
Austin's been to Junior Day events at Maryland, Penn State and West Virginia, but Smith says he's not close to making a decision.
"Not 'till next year," Smith said of Austin's timeline for picking a school. "His mom's looking at every school closely and they'll go from there."
Handling the recruiting process has been a new experience for Smith, who replaced legendary Poets coach Ben Eaton after his untimely death last August. For Smith, two things have made coordinating recruiting for his players easier.
"Tavon's really been opening up the doors for a lot of the other guys," Smith said. "I've also been consulting Bob Wade a lot. He's really helped me out a lot with this process. He's really helped me out. But Tavon is an All-American, and like I said, Tavon's opening doors to see other guys. Coaches, they look at his film and are like, 'Whoa, who are these other guys?'"