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WVU Looking For The Next Tavon Austin


Young, talented athletes come to West Virginia University every year believing they can have a special career. Many go on to play well, some rewrite the record books and a select few become so great that future Mountaineers want to be just like them.

Tavon Austin was one of those players who did something so amazing in his career that young players want to make plays just like he did.

Austin finished his career with back-to-back 100 reception seasons. All total he caught 288 passes for 3,413 yards and 29 touchdowns in his college career. Numbers only tell part of the story. It was the way he racked up those numbers that was truly impressive. Austin's best game was last season against Oklahoma when he racked up 572 total yards and scored two touchdowns. He did so by rushing for 344 yards, catching four passes for 82 yards and piling up 146 yards on eight kickoff returns.

Austin used great speed and the ability to change direction on a dime to his advantage. As a result, every up and coming high school prospect is quick to tell the WVU coaching staff they can be the next Tavon Austin.

"That's been going around quite a bit," Wide Receivers Coach Lonnie Galloway laughed. "I don't discourage it. We all know there is only one Tavon. We are trying to find someone close to him. We will keep looking."

Running Backs Coach Ja'Juan Seider spends most of his time recruiting in Florida. He also veers into Georgia, North Carolina and Pennsylvania. He frequently sees and hears about Tavon Austin.

"Absolutely, and I use it to the best of them," Seider said. "Every kid that I am recruiting down there that is a skill player, they all have Stedman Bailey and Tavon Austin on their background on facebook and I sure use it and I am going to keep on using it."

Austin and Bailey are going to remain teammates in the NFL. Austin was the eighth overall pick in the NFL draft by the Saint Louis Rams. The Rams later selected Bailey in the third round.

Will there be another Tavon Austin? Probably not. But that will not keep every young skill player from wanting to be just that. Austin's success on the field should translate to a positive effect on recruiting that will likely be felt for several years in Morgantown.

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