Austin Havens once played high school football in North Carolina, but the quarterback now calls Owasso home.
The junior could one day be playing at the next level, but for today, he hopes to win a district game Friday against Union.
The recruitment process for a high school player can be tough, but Austin Havens’ college recruitment list is growing. The junior already has unofficial visits to Oklahoma State, Kansas State and Mississippi State.
"Any school that offers me a full scholarship is the best, but my dad played at Northwestern, so that’s one of the big ones. Any school that shows me a lot of love is going to get love from me," Havens said.
His first season for the Rams didn't end the way he'd hoped, with a state semifinal loss, but even with that loss, lessons have been learned.
"He really had to play early, as a sophomore, you go through some growing pains and he went through some growing pains, but I think he is a completely different kind of guy now. I think he is a lot more mature,” Owasso head coach Bill Blankenship said.
Blankenship wants him to keep it simple when he is under center.
"As you develop your skills, if you can score, that’s even better but right now we have a lot of dudes around you. Just do a good job getting it to the open guy and I think he is figuring that out at a high level," Blankenship said.
The stats reflect that. Nearly 1,000 yards through the air and 12 touchdowns so far this season, but there is still plenty of work to be done.
"Playing quarterback for me keeps you humble, because I don't let him have too many great days, but he has continued to get better and that is translating into Friday nights," Blankenship said.
Only time will tell where Havens will land.