Ever since National Signing Day ended, Tim Beckman and company have been working tirelessly on their upcoming 2015 recruiting class. That didn’t change on Thursday as the Illinois Fighting Illini sent an offer to Texas wide receiver Jaelan Austin.
Austin is on the radar of numerous programs from across the nation. He currently holds offers from 12 teams and is seriously interested in fifteen teams.
It seems like Austin’s early Top 5 consists of Iowa, Minnesota, TCU, Texas Tech, and Texas (no offer). On January 16th, 2013, the South Grand Prairie WR named the Iowa Hawkeyes as his leader.
At 6’2,” 190 pounds, Jaelan Austin has a nice combination of height and weight for the wide receiver position. He’s the type of wide receiver that can take the ball deep while taking the top off the defense. He can out jump defenders while going up and attacking the football.
Austin has the potential to be a great WR if he can improve his route running ability.
According to ESPN, their scouting report states that the bottom line on Jaelan Austin is:
Austin is a big, athletic prospect who can win one-on-one battles along the sideline or take his route over the middle of the field. Most likely a BCS level receiver as he continues to develop both physically and mentally.
Right now, it looks like Illinois will lose only one WR (Martize Barr) after the 2014 season. It would be a huge positive if the Illini could get Austin to fill that only vacant opening next February on National Signing Day.
The three-star recruit is currently ranked 59th in the state of Texas, 58th among wide receivers, and 498th among 2015 high school recruits by 247Sports.
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