Collinsworth Ready To Get Started

Collinsworth Ready To Get Started

Home from his official visit to Notre Dame, Austin Collinsworth is ready to get his college career started. We spoke with Austin about his visit and more.

In mid December, Austin Collinsworth of Fort Thomas (KY) Highlands made a trip with his parents to look at Notre Dame after receiving an offer from Irish head coach Brian Kelly. For Collinsworth, his official visit showed him more than he'd previously seen and got the juices flowing for his Irish football career to get started.

"It was a little more than I thought it would be. When I visited the first time I got to see most of the things, but this visit really showed me even more. It wasn't so much of the tour stuff that made the difference, but to have a chance to really spend time with the guys and see that everybody on the team is a great guy and I'm going to have no problem making friends and fitting in."

Having lived just a few miles away and watching Brian Kelly and his coaching staff up close the past couple of years, Collinsworth knew enough about the staff to feel comfortable. But one coach he didn't know is his soon to be position Coach Tony Alford.

"I knew the coaches from Cincinnati but didn't really know my position coach Tony Alford. I really got a chance to talk with Coach Alford and get to know him. He seems like a great guy and a great coach and I'm excited to get started."

During his stay junior safety Harrison Smith was his host.

"We did all the tour stuff, but we went out and looked at South Bend some and I hadn't done that the first time I went up. Harrison was cool as were all the guys I came in contact with. I wish I could graduate now and get started, but I'm going to enjoy being here with my friends and try and get ready."

Helping him to get ready will be several other future Irish players from the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area.

"All the guys from the area, (Matt) James, (Luke) Massa, (Andrew) Hendricks, (Alex) Welch and Tate Nichols are planning on getting together and working out together over the next few months."

While Austin enjoyed his experience he also enjoyed watching others during his trip.

"Everyone who was on their visit had a great time. It was really fun watching the guys from Hawaii out in the middle of the field making snow angels."

While Austin has been able to see a lot of football during his life, it still didn't' prepare him for his full Notre Dame experience.

"It's a little bit unreal, but you've got to get over all that stuff and put the hard work in out on the football field to really get the full experience. I'm planning on going to the spring game and then it looks as if I'll head off to school on June 17th."

As for comparing Notre Dame to other programs he's seen Austin left no doubt about what is at his disposal.

"The facilities are really nice. Cincinnati has a killer weight room, but Notre Dame has the best facilities I've ever seen."

Before we ended our conversation the final question was about any interest Austin may be receiving from other schools.

"I called all of the coaches from the schools that were recruiting me. They all wished me well but Stanford has stayed in contact and wanted me to know they still had a position for me if I wanted it."

After taking his official visit Austin is sure he has no interest in any other program and is looking forward to signing his National Letter of Intent on Wednesday.

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