Tuesday, March 5, 2013
OT Schlottmann looks for first offer
By Sam Khan Jr.
BRENHAM, Texas -- The spring is always an important time for recruits.
When college coaches are allowed to be out at high schools evaluating prospects in late April and May, it can lead to opportunities and scholarship offers for recruits.
Class of 2014 offensive tackle Austin Schlottmann has visited several schools over the past year.
Brenham High School offensive tackle Austin Schlottmann missed out on the chance to show his skills to coaches last spring, so that makes this spring key for him.
The 2014 prospect was recovering from foot surgery during the spring evaluation period last year. As spring approaches this time around, the 6-foot-5, 285-pound tackle feels 100 percent.
"I got my speed back, I'm working good, running good, I feel good," Schlottmann said.
Though he is still seeking his first offer, several colleges are showing interest. During the fall, Schlottman made unofficial visits to Oklahoma, Texas, Texas A&M and TCU. He has had several junior day invites, including schools such as Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Kansas State, Texas Tech and Texas A&M.
Over the weekend, Schlottmann was busy, attending Texas A&M junior day on Saturday and taking an unofficial visit to Baylor on Sunday.
His trip to A&M was not his first -- he attended the Texas A&M-LSU game last October -- but it was a good one nonetheless.
"I've been up to A&M before, but getting to meet all the coaches, that was the first time I got to meet coach [B.J.] Anderson in person," Schlottmann said. "Getting to meet him and getting to meet Coach [Kevin] Sumlin was good."
Anderson, the Aggies' offensive line coach, is recruiting Schlottmann for A&M. The two had some one-on-one time near the end of the junior day.
"He said he thought I'd fit in really well there and stuff," Schlottmann said. "He said that he's going to come out there in the spring and evaluate me a little more before they say anything about an offer."
That's an approach many schools are taking with Schlottmann right now. He suffered a stress fracture after his sophomore football season and it didn't heal properly, so last April he had screws put in. Though he played the 2012 football season, the foot bothered him some. Once basketball season arrived, Schlottmann decided to play and he felt much better.
"I was in rehab all summer," Schlottmann said. "During the start of the [football] season, it still kind of bothered me. I started playing basketball. I started running....I started feeling better as I was running so I figured I might as well play basketball. It's fine now. Basketball season helped, because I jumped off of it a lot and it got stronger."
On Sunday in Waco, Texas, Schlottmann toured the facilities and campus and met with the Baylor coaches.
"It's awesome," Schlottmann said of Baylor. "The campus is beautiful."
Schlottmann took in Oklahoma's junior day on Feb. 2 and has one coming up at Rice on March 16. He's planning a trip to TCU at some point as well -- the Horned Frogs are showing interest in the tackle. Though he doesn't have an offer currently, he'll look to put his best foot forward this spring.