August 15, 2012

Augusta has Spartans in top group

Defensive lineman [Josh Augusta of Peoria High School in Illinois is one of the most sought after recruits in the Big Ten region. Several elite programs like Michigan State would like to add him to their recruiting class. has the latest details.

Augusta, who is currently ranked a 3-star recruit and the #20 defensive end in the nation, has an impressive list of scholarships to choose from. Michigan State offered quite some time ago and the staff has kept in frequent contact with him throughout the process. Augusta is current preparing for his senior season and we asked him about that.

"The team is looking real good," Augusta stated. "We did not make the playoffs last year so that is my main goal this fall, to make the playoffs and become a better player. We open up on August 25th (Chicago Hope High School)"

With his first game of the season less than 10-days away Augusta is not focused on recruiting, but he did talk about a few programs that are at the top of his list.

"Right now the University of Illinois, Michigan State, Mizzou and Oklahoma are schools that are standing out," he said. "I will probably take official visit to them and make my decision after my senior season."

Augusta indicated that the factors that he is looking for in a program include: solid academics, a good relationship with the players and staff, relatively close to home and an opportunity to compete at the highest level.

One aspect that makes Augusta such a unique prospect is the fact that he has defensive tackle size, but can also defensive end.

"Right now I am 6-foot-4, 289-pounds" Augusta said.

That size is reminiscent of former Spartan and NFL player Robaire Smith. Smith played both defensive end and defensive tackle for the Spartans depending on down and distance. That type of versatility is highly coveted by aggressive defensive coordinators like Pat Narduzzi. will be sure to follow Augusta's recruitment throughout his senior season. Michigan State is very tight on scholarships for the class of 2013, but they would likely figure a way out to make room for a player of Augusta's caliber.

Matt Dorsey's Take: Augusta has indicated he would lie to stay relatively close to home and that would seem to benefit a team like the Illini. However, part of that desire is so that his family and friends can see him play. Every opponent the Spartans play is within a 6 hour drive from his home town. That contrasts greatly with SEC and Big 12 programs. The key for the Spartans will be getting him on campus for an official visit and possibly a home football game. Looking at his high school schedule, the Ohio State and Nebraska games seem most likely.

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