Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Coaches' corner: CB Dakota Austin
By Brandon Chatmon
After recruiting them for several months, Oklahoma's coaching staff finally was able to talk publicly about the players the Sooners added to the program on signing day. Over the next week or so, SoonerNation will review some of the key things coaches had to say about the players signed at each position group during their signing day webcast on Soonersports.com.
Lancaster, Texas, cornerback Dakota Austin caught the eye of the Sooners last spring during OU's football camp. His size, or lack thereof, was a concern, but his coverage ability and competitiveness were obvious strengths. The Sooners waited until late in recruiting process before extending an offer but eventually decided Austin's coverage ability was just too good to ignore, even if it came in a 5-foot-10, 149-pound package.
"We had him in camp, he wasn’t as big but I loved him in camp," defensive coordinator Mike Stoops said. "His footwork, ability to change direction. The more I got around this kid the more I started to like him."
Stoops paid close attention to Austin during the camp and got an excellent feel for the player's coach-ability and knack for overcoming his size disadvantage against several bigger receivers during one-on-one drills. Nonetheless, Austin was lightly recruited leading into signing day, until the Sooners swooped in with an offer. And OU hopes the lack of interest from others will spur Austin to bigger heights during his time in crimson and cream.
"I think he’s got something to prove," Stoops said of Austin's limited number of offers including Nevada, New Mexico and UTEP. "Because I think he was slighted throughout the recruiting process. I think he’s going to have a chip on his shoulder and I think he can be an impact player."