Austin Selects Tar Heels

Austin Selects Tar Heels

Washington, D.C. five-star defensive tackle Marvin Austin has gone through the gauntlet of college football recruiting over the past year. The 6-foot-3, 300-pound product of Ballou High School had offers from all over the country, but was able to narrow things down to a final four of North Carolina, Florida State, Tennessee, and Southern California.

Marvin Austin, not one to shy from the spotlight, set up for his commitment to be televised on national television Wednesday afternoon at the ESPN Zone in Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C. five-star defensive tackle Marvin Austin has been in the spotlight for nearly a year now. The 6-foot-3, 300-pound product of Ballou High School kicked things off with a stellar junior season at Coolidge High School. Austin then made headlines as he left Coolidge in favor of Ballou High School with a few teammates going into his senior season. Austin started gathering offers last September when juniors were officially allowed to receive offers. A few impressive combines in the spring saw the offer number rise into the thirties. Austin, however, did not let the offers get to his head as he continued to be dominant at Ballou in his senior season. Austin recorded 85 tackles and 17 sacks leading to his selection as a U.S. Army All-American. Austin continued to impress at U.S. Army All-American practice for a week and performed up to his standards in the game. The only question left was what school Austin would attend. The answer came today as Austin decided between his finalists: North Carolina, Florida State, Southern California, and Tennessee.

Austin showed up at the ESPN Zone in Washington D.C. with teammates, coaches, friends, family, and of course fans. Austin was decked out in a suit that rivaled anyone's Sunday best, and held a briefcase in hand. The announcement had taken on a Deal or No Deal feel to it, minus Howie Mandel. When it came to announcing, Austin was one on one with the camera with the briefcase in hand. The decision came quickly as Austin unlatched a silver briefcase to reveal the hat of his future college. "I'll be attending the University of North Carolina," Austin revealed as he slid on a Tar Heels hat. "It took a lot of hard thought with my family and my coaches," Austin said. "I took football out of the equation and just decided based on where I want to be for the next four years."

Austin went on to comment on how Butch Davis and North Carolina are rolling in a nice recruiting class. "We are bringing in a really good recruiting class, watch out for the Tar Heels," Austin said.

Four-star commitments seem to have come cheap to the Tar Heels this year as they have already reeled in guys like Greg Little, Mike Paulus, Quan Sturdivant, Da'Norris Searcy, Ryan Houston, Tydreke Powell, Dwight Jones, Kevin Bryant, and Rashad Mason. Now Butch Davis has reeled in a five-star big fish in Marvin Austin.

Davis may be building something special down in Chapel Hill. He already has a proven track record at the University of Miami. Could North Carolina be on the same track? If recruiting is half the battle, you have to like their chances.

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