Peoria (Ill.) three-sport star Josh Augusta never has an off-season. The 6-5, 275-pound prospect goes straight from football to basketball to track and field, and excels in all three sports. He is also versatile on the football field, where he plays both ways for the Lions.
This past fall, Augusta reported that he finished with 153 tackles and ten sacks on defense. He also had 25 receptions for 282 yards and four touchdowns on offense as a tight end. That versatility led to early offers from Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana-Monroe and Memphis.
"I'm trying to get on the Internet so I can [research] these teams that have offered me," Augusta said. "I probably know Illinois the best. We have a good relationship and I went down there once. It was an unofficial visit with me and my mom. They drove us all the way around [campus] and we went into the buildings and see where they study."
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Augusta said he is hearing consistently from the likes of Wisconsin and Nebraska as well and has had offer conversations with Michigan recently. He is looking to travel to Ann Arbor in the near future.
"I'm supposed to be going up there this spring for one of their spring practices," Augusta said.
With the commitments to his basketball team, however, Augusta has had difficulty finding the time to develop the relationships with coaches he desires. He has tried to find several on social network Facebook, but ultimately realizes his jam-packed schedule is going to lengthen the recruiting process.
"I know I am going to wait until my senior year to make a decision on college," he said. "I'll go through all the visits and see how they are."
In the meantime, Augusta will continue to help lead his Peoria High basketball team, which is playing in the Illinois state high schools playoffs this week. He listed his average numbers this season at 20 points and 12 rebounds playing the post for the Lions.
Following basketball season, Augusta will transition into track and field where he placed second in the Class 2A state meet in the shot put as a sophomore.