Sometimes not being picked to be the top dog in preseason polls can be a good thing. For the Angleton (TX) program that seemed to be the case. With an overhaul on the coaching staff and new offensive and defensive systems installed, many picked the guys from A-Town to finish in the middle of the pack.
Clearly, that inspired guys like quarterback T.J. Austin.
"I think we did great. We were picked to be third in the district and finished out being ranked in the state," Austin said. "It's crazy how you can have a new offense and coaches and still do well as a team. We'll be back next year doing more."
And know that he will be leading the way. After a season where the 5-foot-10, 192-pound Austin threw for over 1,700 yards and 21 touchdowns to only six interceptions, the future could be bring in Angleton.
With a team-first mentality, Austin looks for his squad to have success. At the same time, he hopes that more colleges will come by and check in on him this spring. So far, only an area power has shown some real interest.
"I just waiting to see what programs are going to start recruiting me harder. Houston is the main one right now for me," Austin said. "Oklahoma and Tulsa have sent me some stuff too, but nothing too serious."
Austin took in a few games at Robertson Stadium as the nationally-ranked Cougars put on a show for the country this past season. Everything is still up in the air with Austin for the time being until some movement starts happening.
But he not going to sit around and wait. He will look to make some appearances this off season.
"More than likely I will go to the Texas Tech camp. And I may go to some out in the Arizona area," Austin said. "I have a cousin in Arizona."
He is being recruited as a defensive back, but would like to stay playing quarterback at the college level.
"More than likely, I will play defensive back on the next level, but I hope to grow so I can stay at quarterback," Austin said.
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