CB Austin shining, has UTEP, UNM offers

Defensive back Dakota Austin (Lancaster, Texas/Lancaster) has offers from UTEP and New Mexico, but his play on Friday was worthy of a couple more scholarships.

The 5-foot-10, 160-pound cornerback had six tackles, three breakups, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and a 50-yard interception return for a touchdown in a 51-14 win over Ennis, Texas. Austin recorded these stats against an Ennis team that was previously undefeated.

Austin called the game one of his best ever, and he credited his elevated play to solid offseason preparation.

“I’ve gotten so much stronger that it’s directly affected my confidence, which helps me make more plays than last year,” Austin said. “In the offseason, we went through a three-week boot camp, which really got me mentally stronger. I had the best summer of weightlifting in my life.”

In addition to his offers, Austin has received interest from Nevada and Tulsa. He garnered early correspondence from Texas Tech, Indiana and Utah State.