The only thing standing between Austin Giles and a verbal commitment to Boston College (offer, camp, 85% sure he'll go there) is the faint glimmer of hope that childhood fave Michigan will come through with an offer.
"I've wanted Michigan to be able to get a look at me, and I'm still kind of waiting on them," said Giles. "I've been a fan my whole life. I wish there was some way they could (offer me), but they're not showing much interest.
"With Boston College, there's the close-to-home thing and the football tradition. The coaches are the coolest guys you'll ever meet in your entire life--they're approachable. I like the campus, not too big but not too small. (DL) Coach Keith Willis, I like him and he likes me. We're more knitted together than I am with (OL) coach (Don) Horton. I love (coach Willis') coaching strategy--he's in-your-face, and by the end of practice his shirt's all drenched and he's been sweating bullets."
Although universally projected as an OL, Austin (who plays OG and DE in HS) thinks he'll end up on the other side of the ball: "My coaches think I'll play defense in college. I'm defensive-minded; I have a defensive mentality. I always want to hit someone hard. I love anything to do with defense--DT, DE, OLB, it doesn't matter. On defense you have to play the entire game like you're losing, whereas with offense it's just like, 'Okay, let's take the ball down and score.' If I have to play offense, though, that's alright. Boston College said they'll decide after seeing me when I get there.
"I'm working on my quickness off the ball and I'm trying to be a better team leader, to be more of a teammate than a friend when I'm between those lines."
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