Augustin Pulls in UT Martin Offer

UT Martin Head Coach Heath Schroyer offered Aaron Augustin (GA) a scholarship Tuesday, in hopes of adding him to the recruiting Class of 2016.

Many OVC-schools are hopping on the phone.   Austin Peay called him today.  Boston University, Middle Tennessee, and Buffalo are actively recruiting him.

“Tennessee Tech is really involved,” said Augustin to OVCHoops.com.  “I have an in-home visit with them tomorrow.”

Like TTU, IUPUI is making a strong push.

Unsigned

Though Augustin originally verbally committed to East Tennessee State last September he did not sign.

“They offered,” said Augustin.  “I (verbally) committed.  I felt like I committed kind of quick, without knowing how he coaches.  We agreed that we should go our separate ways when I decided to not sign early.”

ETSU probably would have taken Augustin’s signature in November, but he wanted to wait a little longer.

“It ended pretty good,” said Augustin.  “It didn’t end ugly.  I called him and I handled like a man.”

The Jaguars of IUPUI have a slick offer out for Georgia’s state champion PG Augustin.

“IUPUI are really on me hard,” said Augustin.  “I am setting a visit with him next week.  I am really cool with (Head Coach) Jason Gardner.  He was an All-American at Arizona.”

Coach Gardner excelled as a college point guard, with scoring prowess.  Augustin’s size, passing, and outside shooting resemble Gardner.  Well, a slightly younger Gardner.

“He is just telling me that he can make me a better player, cause he played my position,” said Augustin.  “The whole staff is young.  So we can relate.  They aren’t like 50.  He was a high school player and knew he wanted to play at the highest level.  He played with Richard Jefferson.   I trust him because he has been through it before.”

Martin Mission

If everybody returns to UT Martin(they rarely do), Coach Schroyer has seven seniors, one junior, and two sophomores.  Two incoming JuCo signees (Jahyde Gardiner, Dante Bailey) will immediately fight for playing time and the UT Martin staff could sign as many as two freshmen.

Justin Johnson is the lone freshman signed, but a 2016 PG is not out of the question.  If Augustin picked UT Martin he would see minutes early, and ideally become the heir apparent his sophomore season.  Jalen Variste and Jacolby Mobley represent the Skyhawk ball-handlers now.  Mobley can play on or off the ball, and both are entering their final year of eligibility.  Signing a freshman point guard would help establish some program continuity.

Visiting

Tomorrow Tennessee Tech is coming to Augustin.  Next week he intends to shoot up to Indianapolis for an IUPUI official.

“I have three left,” said Augustin.  “I took my first official to Tennessee Tech in early October and two weeks after that visited East Tennessee State.”

He is open to taking all five official visits, but anything can happen.  At one point Augustin was hovering on the fringes of D1 opportunities.

Decommitting can be risky.  Will the same opportunities exist in a ‘second’ recruitment?   Would Augustin’s stock plummet and he wind up fighting to get back to D1 target?

“I was kind of nervous, because I decommitted,” said Augustin.  “But Coach (Sharman) White said everything will be fine.  He said, if I lead my team to the state championship it will be fine.”

Miller Grove High School won the state title and Augustin is right back where he wanted to be.  He has Division One offers on the table.  Coach White was right.

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