"I committed to Mississippi State about 5 or 6 weeks ago," said Austin. "I called (Head) Coach (Clay) Homan and told him I was going to play for him. Then I called (Assistant) Coach (Sean) Covich and told him.
"They were very excited. I think it was a big deal to them to get both me and (class of 2014) Grant (Motter), the top two recruits in the state (of Mississippi)."
There were several reasons he felt Mississippi State was the right choice for him.
"I have been a Bulldog fan my entire life," said Austin. "My dad (Jim Rose) played golf there, too.
"I like the coaches, too. They are both great coaches. I think they are great at the mental aspect of the game and they definitely will help me at my game. I think Coach Covich is more of the recruiter, the coach who goes out and recruits a lot and recruits hard. Coach Homan is definitely good at playing strategy and how you have to play each golf course.
"I also like Old Waverly. It's a great golf course. And I think we are supposed to be getting a new practice facility with a new clubhouse.
"Another thing that was big to me is playing time. They are going to be losing a couple of their best players the time Grant and I will be coming in. I felt like if I went to Mississippi State I had the best chance of stepping in and playing right away."
Also factoring into his decision is the fact that he will be playing with a friend of his.
"Grant (Motter) and I have played together quite a bit and him coming in was a little bit of a factor in my commitment," said Austin. "Having another kid in my class who I have played with was a factor."
Austin chose Mississippi State over a couple of other SEC schools.
"The main schools that recruited me were LSU, Ole Miss and Mississippi State," said Austin.
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