The top prospect in Colorado prep football for the class of 2011 is Brendon Austin. The athletic 6-6 275 pound tackle was involved in a nationwide recruitment that saw some of the best BCS programs in the nation vie for his services. Early in the process Stanford emerged as a favorite and by the first week of May Austin had made his decision to join the Cardinal.
Monday, Austin's recruitment officially closed when Stanford Head Coach Jim Harbaugh called Austin to let him know he had been officially academically accepted to Stanford. Often students who opt to play at Stanford have difficulty meeting the stringent academic entrance requirements but that was not the case for Austin who has been a member of the Academic All-State football team throughout his high school career.
Austin is an example of the increased recruiting attention Stanford has put into Colorado under Harbaugh. Last season the Cardinal brought in mauling guard Dillon Bonnell of Highlands Ranch, athletic linebacker Joe Hemschoot of Lakewood and Stanford made a serious run at Columbine's Danny Spond. If Colorado players the caliber of Austin continue to look toward Palo Alto expect Stanford to keep working the Centennial State.