What you see is not always what you get.
When it comes to sizing up Marvin Austin, there’s a lot more there than what may appear at first glance.
The nation’s No. 1 defensive tackle and top defensive player according to Tom Lemming, Austin checks in at 6-foot-3 and 300 pounds, but has demonstrated with his 4.67 40-time that he’s got the quickness and speed to get through offensive lines and chase down ball carriers in the backfield.
Few high school players have the ability to fight off double and triple teams, and that was something that Austin did with regularity during his senior season.
After transferring from Washington D.C.’s Coolidge in June, Austin spent the fall at Ballou, where he dominated opposing offenses tallying 110 tackles, 15 sacks, 10 forced fumbles. From a team perspective, Austin and Ballou won its first ever DCIAA football championship after losing on its previous three trips. Austin and Ballou defeated Dunbar (D.C.), where friend and Illinois’ recruit Arrelious Benn plays.
A two-time All-City selection that currently bench presses over 400 pounds, Austin plays with a fiery attitude and feel for the game that has Lemming comparing the senior to the likes of Warren Sapp, Corey Simon and Tommy Harris.
The No. 3 overall player in Lemming’s 2007 rankings has kept his collegiate options open by looking at North Carolina, Florida State, Miami and Tennessee. USC is also a frontrunner after he visited SoCal for the Trojans’ victory over Notre Dame back in November.
His mobility is second to none and despite the fact that he had to fight off constant double and triple teams, he still exceeded his junior year in stats. He plays the game fast and mean. Showed a nose for the ball and proved to be a great leader despite the fact that he transferred from Coolidge this past June.