Georgia on his mind after Bulldogs offer chance to be receiver

Last week I got an offer from Georgia. It's the second Southeastern Conference offer I've received so far, with the other one coming from South Carolina.

Right now, all the schools are kind of the same to me since I haven't gotten the chance to really visit any of them yet. What makes the Bulldogs' offer a little different is that they're recruiting me as a slot receiver.


Most of the other schools that have recruited me want me to play running back, but I wouldn't mind playing receiver. I think my best talents are when I have the ball in my hands, so I'm just hoping to play on the offensive side of the ball in college.

The SEC is known for producing some of the best NFL-ready players, and I think it's one of the strongest conferences in college football. I'm not really worrying about any of that, though. I want to choose a school based on how I feel and where I feel the most comfortable.


The biggest thing about the SEC is that it's known for having players with a lot of speed, which plays to my strengths. Some coaches say that my body can't take the pounding to be a college running back (Editor's note: Austin is 5 feet 9, 160 pounds).

I say, look at [Tampa Bay running back] Warrick Dunn. He went to Florida State, and he was small. I think it's all about heart.

With Georgia offering, I think that other bigger schools are going to start contacting me. Coach Smith says, "I know a lot of other schools are starting to show a lot more interest. I know Florida and Ohio State, a lot of the national powers in football, are starting to jump into the mix. The one good thing about his family, they're basically looking at every avenue. The family's not just looking at you because you played in the BCS bowl or whatever. They're looking at the best place for him to go and get a quality education and play football."

I'm still in track season, but I'll get to do some more football-related work soon. I'm attending the Nike Football Training Camp at Penn State on May 10.

The camp has drills like one-on-ones, cone drills, throwing a weighted ball, running with a parachute. ... There's no 40-yard dash or shuttle run, though. I've been to camps like this, and college coaches normally attend them, but this year, due to a new NCAA rule, no college coaches are going to be there.

I'm looking forward to it, and I'm looking forward to hearing from more coaches this month.


This is the third in a series of occasional articles in which Dunbar football standout Tavon Austin takes readers through the recruiting process in his own words, as told to Sun reporter Stefen Lovelace. Austin, a junior running back-defensive back and two-time Sun Offensive Player of the Year, is being recruited heavily by a number of major Division I programs. For the series, Lovelace also consulted Austin's mother, Cathy Green; his football coach, Lawrence Smith; and his cousin, Aaron Thompson.