247Sports Take: Austin to Notre Dame

Notre Dame landed one of the targets they needed the most in
the 2018 cycle on Friday when Top247 wide receiver Kevin
Austin
announced his verbal to the Irish.

The four-star recruit from Pompano Beach (Fla.) North Broward
Prep chose ND over his other finalists Duke, Miami and
Tennessee. Other opportunities included Clemson, Florida,
Michigan, Ohio State, Oregon, USC and Wisconsin.

Brian
Kelly
and company still needed a dynamic player on the
perimeter in this class and that’s what they get in the
6-foot-3, 198-pound Austin who has scored 32 touchdowns the
past two seasons including 25 scoring receptions. As a junior
Austin caught 41 passes for 1,021 yards and 13 touchdowns and
added another 454 yards rushing and six scores on the ground.

Austin has all the traits to be a big-time receiver in South
Bend. Terrific ball skills, a strong, long frame and good
speed.

Austin particularly excels downfield and on the intermediate
routes, but he also has the shake and bake moves in the open
field to turn a short throw into a long gain.

And he has all the intangibles.

“His work ethic is phenomenal, his leadership is phenomenal and
he’s just a big-time competitor,” his coach Rex Nottage said.
“We’re a high-academic private school and he loves to compete
and he does not shy away from it.”

Ranked by 247Sports as the nation’s No. 20 receiver, No. 119
prospect overall and No. 18 recruit from the Sunshine State,
college coaches have told Nottage that Austin’s ceiling goes
toe to toe with anyone.

“They say he can easily be the best player in the country,”
Nottage recapped.

Looking at Notre Dame’s receiver room long-term Austin gives
Kelly and company another potential big-bodied game-changer.
Equanimeous
St. Brown
has two years of eligibility but could play
himself into the NFL Draft this fall. Even without St. Brown
you like the combination of Miles
Boykin
, Chase
Claypool
, Kevin Stepherson, Jafar
Armstrong
, Michael Young and now Austin over the next
several seasons.

Austin is commit No. 16 for Notre Dame in the 2018 cycle and
second receiver joining the 6-foot-5, 200-pound Micah Jones.
His verbal pushes ND up one spot to No. 7 in the 247Sports Recruiting
Rankings
.

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