Penn State received another boost to the class of 2013, as Philadelphia (Pa.) Imhotep High School swingman Brandon Austin verbally committed to the Nittany Lions.
Considering his college decision quietly over the past few months, Austin has been talking things over with his mom, and those close to him. The 6-foot-6 Philly native wanted to get the weight off his shoulders and commit in order to concentrate on winning another city title and try to win a state title this season.
“I'm excited man, I'm a Nittany Lion,” said Austin by phone on Thursday night. “Finding the school that I fit well with was what went into my decision.”
Choosing Penn State over offers from Syracuse, Villanova, and Temple, among others, Austin felt most comfortable committing to Pat Chambers’ rebuilding project.
“Both coach Chambers and coach (Keith) Urgo were making it clear that it was a great situation for me,” admitted Austin. “They are a little down right now but with me they said I can help turn the program around.
“I'm also really excited to play with Brandon (Taylor) and Geno (Thorpe).”
Both Austin and Taylor have played together for years and are Philadelphia natives, which will only make the transition more comfortable for the 2013 prospect.
“Brandon can shoot it, he’s got a good mid-range game, can score the ball when he wants to,” said AAU coach Kyle Sample, during our first update. “His jump shot has been the best thing he has improved in his game over the past year, shooting from three, and the one-dribble pull-up.”
When asked about his game, Austin said he likes to get his teammates involved first in order to get his own game going.
Though he has finally committed and has the recruiting process over and done with, Austin still has the drive and won’t be complacent going forward.
“It feels really good to be committed, I just have to keep working to get better.”