Standing six-foot-six, 220-pounds and just a sophomore, Normal University's Austin Galindo has flashed big time ability this season at defensive end after playing a few different spots last season.
"Last year, our kicker was injured and I came up [to varsity] to kick and I got a few reps at quarterback, but mostly played freshman and JV last year," he said. "This year, our kicker is back and then I'm just a backup quarterback but my main position now is defensive end and I'm loving it."
Colleges will likely love it as well as his size, athleticism and aggressiveness are evident on tape. Not bad for a kid who was not even a sure shot starter when the season began.
"At the beginning of year, I wasn't so sure I would be playing that much because there were a lot of older guys ahead of me at the position. I started to excel, got much better, got my reads down, listened to my coach, and I'm starting now. I never thought it would happen."
The recruiting information is just starting to trickle in, but a Big Ten school was the first to make contact.
"I got a letter from Michigan State. It just said 'hey Coach Burk,' that's our head coach, and said 'we'd like to put Austin on our recruiting list,' pretty basic stuff, and some height and weight stuff."
As the process moves along, there will no doubt be more and more schools interested, and Galindo has a few he is waiting on to come through.
"I'm hoping to hear from Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Iowa State, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State and then Tennessee."