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Austin Flax simply just found a way.
The Mountain View senior receiver was dedicated to making his dreams become a reality. It didn’t matter his size or where he was from.
None of that would tell his story.
All he knew was that he was going to do everything in his power to become a college football player, which is just what he did after landing 10-plus offers and committing to a Division I school in Drake University on Friday.
“I think my main thing is just consistency,” Flax said. “I would send my film to 50-80 coaches a day, just copy and paste, put their name and all that. But I would just be throwing my film everywhere and posting on Twitter like every opportunity I got and just trying to show that smaller schools can produce good players as well.”
Drake was one of the many schools that loved what it saw from Flax and sent an offer his way.
There was Alvernia. Carroll College. Idaho State. Lake Erie. Macalester. Mayville State. Southwest Minnesota State. Valparaiso. Whittier.
But Drake was the perfect storm for Flax, and he knew that even before he was able to see the school itself.
“I think that just the mix of the coaches are great,” Flax said. “I’ve talked to pretty much their whole staff. They’re just all wonderful. I got to see the campus, too. It was a good area. I just felt like the football and the academics together just made it a perfect fit for me.”
Throughout the duration of his high school career, Flax has been the iron man at Mountain View.
When he was a sophomore in 2018, Flax finished with 330 receiving yards while helping the Spartans to a 6-5 record and a Central Coast Section postseason trip. One year later, he produced 849 receiving yards and nine touchdowns, 330 kick return yards, three interceptions and 25 punts for 790 yards.
That was all the while he also shined in track and field, with marks of 21’10” in the long jump and 37’6” in the triple jump.
“Definitely just working hard, training and all that, and a lot of people have helped push me,” Flax said. “I’ve worked with a lot of people that are way older than me and have been through the process and have just guided me down the right path.”
Since his junior campaign ended, Flax has made the most of every chance presented his way during this extended offseason.
Flax has been a top performer at numerous camps and showcases, including a star showing at the first-ever Routes vs. Coverage Showcase on Saturday and an Offensive MVP honor at the Xclusive Speed Bay Area Top 100 Showcase in July.
Now his focus is squarely on his final high school season at Mountain View before embarking on his journey at Drake. He’s already been a part of two playoff teams with the Spartans program.
He’s coming for more in the winter of 2021.
“It’s kind of just a lot of pressure off my shoulders,” Flax said. “It makes it so that now I don’t have to worry about sending my film out to coaches or anything. I’m locked into Drake, and I can just focus on my season now and just make sure it’s the best it can be.”
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