June 23, 2010

Hawks add Texas WR

Texas wide receiver Austin Vincent was flying a little under the radar this summer, but had quietly picked up scholarship offers from Iowa, Iowa State, Arizona, and Utah. Today, the 6-foot-0, 172-pound Vincent decided to end the recruiting process as he gave his verbal commitment to the Hawkeyes during a visit to Iowa City. We caught up with his coach at DeSoto High School, Claude Mathis, to find out more about the latest commit to Iowa.

Q: Is Austin's recruiting picking up some steam it sounds like?

MATHIS: Yeah, it is. Actually, he's done now. He just committed to Iowa today.

Q: That's what we've heard. Have they been recruiting him for a while now?

MATHIS: Yeah, first Coach Wilson came down in the spring and took a look at him and he was very interested. Then the wide receivers coach, Coach Campbell came down to take a look and said they were definitely going to recruit him.

Q: What other scholarship offers did he have?

MATHIS: He had offers from Iowa State, Arizona, and Utah.

Q: What can you tell us about Austin as a receiver?

MATHIS: Well, Austin has something I call swagger, which is what I love about him. He's very confident in his demeanor. He runs great routes and he's a great deep ball threat because he can go up and get the ball. He has good speed, good hands, and is really dedicated. He gave up basketball and is focused just on football, and he's gotten a lot bigger, faster, and stronger this off-season. I commend him on that because he's worked really hard.

As a junior, Vincent caught 17 passes for 214 yards and two touchdowns as part of a DeSoto receiving corps that includes a couple of other Division I recruits. In April, he attended the Fort Worth Nike Camp where he turned in a 4.6 forty, a 4.2 shuttle, and a 32" vertical.

Vincent is the fifth verbal commitment for the Hawkeyes in the Class of 2011.

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