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    Monday, January 22, 2007

    FSU Recruit Prospect: Marvin Austin

    The nation's No. 1 defensive tackle, Marvin Austin from Washington (D.C.) Ballou, is done with his official visits after taking a trip to Tallahassee this past weekend to check out the Noles.

    Austin, the number one ranked defensive tackle said "The visit was good, I got to spend some more time with Myron Rolle and there were a bunch of other recruits down there as well," said the 6-foot-2, 297-pounder. "I got to see their state-of-the-art broadcasting studio and it turns out they've sent some 20 or more students to ESPN for broadcasting. That's what I want to major in so it was good to see and learn all that."

    Austin is an elite player because he has God-given talent and he works as hard as anyone you will find. He has that rare combination of speed, power, agility, toughness and desire that sets all the great ones apart from the rest. He could have a Warren Sapp-type of impact at the college level."

    As a senior, Austin tallied 85 tackles and 17 sacks. He was selected as a U.S. Army All-American and was named to the Washington Post All-Metro first team. Earned All-Met honors as a junior after he registered more than 80 tackles including 12 for loss, eight sacks, nd five forced fumbles.

    Evaluation:Austin flashes the tools to be a disruptive player at the college level. He has good size for his age and moves well with it. He has the ability to get some penetration but will most likely be a two gapper at the college level. He gets off on the snap of the ball well and does a nice job of getting push. When he fires out low, he does a good job of deriving power from the hips and can push blockers onto the offensives side of the line of scrimmage. He does a good job of shooting his hands and being able to create separation. He displays good overall power and strength to not only push blockers around but to also hold his ground. He is physical at the point of attack. He displays the ability to be able to shed. He can play tall at times and be pushed back like most players, but even when he is high, he displays the ability to fight through blocks. He will need to be more consistent though with his pad level as competition will be tougher at the next level. He has solid change-of-directions skills in the short area. He shows a good motor for a big man and really hustles around. He is an adequate tackler. As a pass rusher, he displays the ability to execute a quick move to beat blockers at the line of scrimmage. He has the ability to get push and collapse the pocket. Austin shows he can get off the ball and cause penetration. As he grows, he will develop into more of a true two gapper who can cause problems in the middle of the line. If he can continue to add bulk properly, keep improving his technique and keep his motor, he could be a very good player.

    Austin: "I just have a lot of athletic ability for my size. I'm really quick and powerful."

    Austin is ranked #1 at his position and is rated 5 stars.

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