RECRUITING: OT Lucas Austin previews camp weekend in Ames

Iowa State will play host to a pair of prospect camps on Saturday that will feature a number of potential scholarship offers being handed out by the end of the weekend.

One of the players hoping to earn one comes in 6-foot-7, Illinois offensive tackle Lucas Austin.

“The goal is always to pull an offer, but I’ve been talking to Coach Hoodjer a little bit and they’ve invited me to campus,” Austin said. “(Running backs/Special Teams coordinator Jordan Langs) came out to school to see me workout.”

Austin currently holds eight scholarships between FCS and FBS offers, earning spots to Air Force, Eastern Michigan, Miami Ohio, Army, Northern Iowa, Minnesota State Mankato, Columbia, and Dartmouth.

He visited Iowa State during spring practice.

“They like that I’m long and athletic,” Austin said. “They just want to see how aggressive I am and my competitiveness at camp.”

Austin has five camps scheduled with Iowa State being the first. He’ll camp at Missouri, Iowa, Illinois and Virginia later in June.

“The way that I planned out my camp schedule this year was based off of the offensive line coaches that came to my school or have been in contact with me a little bit,” Austin said.

Saturday morning’s ‘big man camp’ will feature more of the interior position players, and Austin won’t be the only offensive lineman looking to impress coach Ryan Clanton.

However, he just hopes to display his talent and see what happens.

“We talked a little bit when I went and visited during spring ball,” Austin said. “He’s very nice. I like him a lot and the way he coaches. That’s my goal. My goal is to play with the violence that he’s looking for right now. I feel like I’m on my way there.”