One thing Austen Bujnoch is learning during the early part of the recruiting process is the past could play a role in his future.
"My brother almost went to Miami Ohio and there are several coaches with Miami ties that followed Coach Hoeppner to Indiana," said the younger Bujnoch. "Coach Yeager is a Cincinnati guy and he's recruiting me for IU now."
The Hoosiers continue to use their Southwest Ohio ties in recruiting having done well as several area prospects have left the area for the Big Ten program.
"Coach Yeager has talked with me about coming out in the spring and having me and my family visit the campus and everything. I've never been there before but Indiana is a program that has been making strides and its Big Ten football, I look forward to seeing what they have."
With his third offer in hand (Ohio, Miami Ohio)Austen has several programs showing interest.
"My coach has been getting phone calls and email request for my highlight film from schools like Kentucky, Clemson, North Carolina State, Ohio State and Tennessee have all requested my highlight film."
While his older brother played for hometown school Cincinnati it doesn't mean Austen is a Cincinnati lock. Will he visit during the Bearcats next Junior Day this weekend?
"Cincinnati is a school I have a lot of interest in being part of. I'm not planning on going back to UC until summer camp. All of their coaches have told me I need to come to summer camp and earn an offer. But as of now they've not made an offer to me. I don't know if they think because my brother went there I'm a lock to go there if I get an offer, but I've spoken with my parents and we've talked about me leaving Cincinnati or staying in Cincinnati so I'm going to leave all my options open. I'd really like for them to jump on board and offer my but I also understand what is going on. "
When asked about the schools he's got interest in that have not offered at this time Austen had a quick list.
Austen knows this is the fun time of being a football recruit. He's seen the other side as well and knows at some point it's coming his way.
"When my brother (Digger Bujnoch) was going through the process it was really exciting at first. There was all the excitement of him getting calls from coaches but then it became really crazy and it seemed there were phones calls every day, all day and it really lost the fun."
Bujnoch is a 6-foot-5, 250-pound mobile offensive line prospect who plays for one of Ohio's top prep programs. He's been tested against some of the top local and national teams during his career and continues to work on his game. Scout.com will continue to follow Austen during the recruiting process as more programs jump on board.