Darius Austin, the 5-foot-9, 170-pound two-star wide receiver from Washington High School in Houston, Texas, has only one offer - from UTEP, and says there's a "75-85 percent" chance he'll end up being a Miner.
"UTEP is really the only school that is really recruiting me right now," Austin said. "I like coach Mike Price and he's brought in his sons on the coaching staff and I like them too (offensive coordinator Eric Price and wide receiver coach Aaron Price). I also love the campus and the atmosphere there is great. I thought El Paso would just be desert, but it's a great place and the people there really love UTEP football."
Austin visited the Miners on Oct. 5. "I had a great time getting to know the players and have developed a good relationship with them," he said. "I also like that they've had some guys go to the NFL from there and they know how to prepare players for the next level."
UTEP leads solidly over TCU, SMU and North Texas. "I talk to the other schools a little, but really UTEP is the main one. I'd like to make a decision within the next month. If I get a chance to take another trip I will, but UTEP is definitely at the top of my list."
Washington High School is 5-3 and fighting for a berth in the playoffs. Austin has caught only 12 receptions for about 136 yards. "We've got an inexperienced quarterback this year so my stats aren't that great," he admitted. "But I know the game really well. My dad is my position coach and has taught me to do all the little things well. I catch the ball well and can get some good yards after the catch. I can also make key blocks to free up the running back.
"One thing that I really need to keep working on is going up against the taller defensive backs," he said. "I need to time my jumps better and not go up too early."
Austin benches 255 pounds, squats 375 pounds and claims a 37-inch vertical jump. He also runs track: 300m hurdles - 39.8 seconds.
He reports a 3.5 core GPA and a 56 total ACT.