RECRUIT K-STATE I Missouri’s No. 1 ranked LB prospect returns to Manhattan
Talented LB prospect plans to make college decision this summer.
Seeing is believing for Missouri’s No. 1 ranked LB prospect, Hillsboro (MO) 2023 Austin Romaine.
Although the talented LB prospect holds 19 Division I offers, it wasn’t until Kansas State had him on campus for camp that the Wildcats extended a scholarship offer. It was Romaine’s first offer from a Power 5 school.
Today, Romaine returns to the campus for an unofficial visit, and made his commitment to the Wildcats..
RECRUIT K STATE I Six Star Football Profile
Austin Romaine I 6’2, 233 I LB I 2023 I Hillsboro (MO) I @AustinRomaine2
Missouri Overall Ranking I 23
LB Ranking I 1
Coming off a huge season for the Hawks, Romaine recorded 100 tackles, eight sacks, 22 tackles for loss, was second on the team with 1,140 rushing yards and 11 TDs, finished second on the squad with 16 receptions for 172 yards and three TDs, and even served as the team’s punter. Romaine earned all-state honors for his efforts.
At 6’2, 233-pounds, Romaine has shown he can cover the field from sideline-to-sideline and combines elite athleticism with a terrific size and the kind of athletic build that college programs look for in a prospect. He reports a 4.57 40-yard dash and has shown terrific burst and explosiveness in workouts and showcase events. He was the LB MVP and overall event MVP at TheFINALS All-America Showcase on Memorial Day weekend in Kansas City.
Romaine says he had been talking to Kansas State coaches since early spring, and was elated when they extended an offer after getting him on campus for the first time in late June.
“I had talked to them a good amount leading up to the camp,:” Romaine said. “The coaching staff stood out a lot for me. They all seem very interested in me throughout my time in the small visit and camp.
“I have the impression that the K-State program has been on the rise and will continue to stay on the rise.”
Romaine has been recruited by linebackers coach Steve Stanard @coachstanard and has been building a relationship with the coach since early spring.
“(He) has been the biggest factor in my recruiting there. I’ve developed a relationship with him for a while now,” Romaine says. “He’s been very up front and honest about his/their expectations and what I can expect from them. He’s also helped educate me and has given me tips on this whole process.”
Romaine says he has tried to pattern his game after NFL standout LB Luke Kuechly and says he takes pride in putting his team first and being a good teammate and leader.
“I feel I bring great leadership to the field,” he says. “I also feel I’ve always put the team first in everything I do because football is such a team sport that not 1 person can win the game. I also bring a lot of physicality when I play.”
Also a standout student who reports a 4.33 GPA, Romaine is an elite baseball prospect who, in addition to traveling to various football camps and college visits, spent the summer competing with the St. Louis Prospects. While he says he has decided to play football in college, he hasn’t ruled out the possibility of playing both.
Romaine said on Tuesday he wanted to make his commitment before the end of the summer to focus on his senior season.
“I feel that getting the pressure off and then enjoying my final high school season sounds like a good idea,” he said.