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Offseason work, training pay off for Flax

Austin Flax was offered by Idaho State last week. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo
Austin Flax was offered by Idaho State last week. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo

A big summer is paying dividends for Mountain View wide receiver Austin Flax.

The soon-to-be senior’s profile has immensely grown on the high school football landscape over these past few months, highlighted by a showing at the Xclusive Speed Bay Area Top 100 Showcase on July 18 in San Ramon.

There, Flax moved his way past every defender in his sight en route to Offensive MVP and Wide Receiver MVP honors in front of the top players from Northern California and beyond.

“It was very big for me,” Flax said. “There was a really good group of guys there and a lot of competition. I’m just really thankful that I had a good day there.”

On that Saturday morning, Flax highlighted all of the work he has put in, particularly with trainer Stephen Amoako, who he credits much recognition for at the Bay Area Top 100 Showcase.

Flax spun and juked his way around defenders, also tallying impressive marks in the 40-yard dash (4.53 and 4.56 seconds) and broad jump (8’4”). His 40-yard dash times each registered in the top 10 at the showcase, only a few inches behind that of San Joaquin Delta College speedster William Brown (4.46).

And the results came not too far after on the recruiting trail. Just five days following his impressive display in San Ramon, Flax received offer No. 10 – this time from FCS program Idaho State.

Idaho State joined Valparaiso as the second Division I program to send an offer his way, also joining a slew of other Division II, Division III and NAIA schools in the hunt for the Mountain View star’s services.

“I think it’ll help my recruiting a good amount because there were a lot of good athletes there, and I hope that the schools that are looking at that realize that there was a lot of good competition there.”

On the football field, Flax’s dominance is evident for the Spartans during their two consecutive playoff berths.

Flax hauled in 42 catches for 849 yards and nine touchdowns as a junior in 2019, helping Mountain View to a 7-4 overall record and a Central Coast Division III playoff slot. That followed up a 330-receiving yard effort the year prior as a sophomore, when he and the Spartans compiled a 6-5 record and another playoff trip.

Not only that, but Flax is making his presence known all over the field, with the do-it-all athlete registering three interceptions, 330 kick return yards and punting 25 times for 790 yards – all statistics indicative of his versatility.

“It’s really just coaching,” Flax said. “I’ve been blessed with really good coaches at my high school and they do the best job getting me ready.”

Additionally, Flax is a standout for Mountain View’s track and field program and is following in the footsteps of his father, who competed in the sport in both high school and college.

Some of his top marks include a 21’10” long jump, a 37’6” triple jump, a 42’5” throw in the shot put (10 lb.) and a 69’1” discuss, per Athletic.net, and the results from the track have certainly carried over to his success on the gridiron.

“It definitely helps me,” Flax said. “We have really good sprint coaches at my school, and that really translates into when I’m running in football. That just really helped me with my speed.”

Now, even with a delayed schedule – the CIF and CCS released updated sports calendars that pushed back football to January – Flax is ready to take Mountain View to the next level in his final year at the school.

The past two years of varsity each saw Mountain View suffer first round defeats, so he and his teammates hope to break down the doors and produce a deep playoff run.

“I really want our team to win CCS,” Flax said. “We haven’t had too much luck in the playoffs. We’ve gotten out first round the last two years, and our coaches deserve a CCS championship for all the work they do for us and I really want one for my teammates.”

Austin Flax’s offer list:

Alvernia University

Bates College

Carroll College

Idaho State

Lake Erie

Macalester College

Mayville State

Southwest Minnesota State

Valparaiso

Whittier

2 Comments

  1. Manuel Tarango on July 30, 2020 at 12:16 pm

    Great article! Excited for this young man

  2. Coach G on July 30, 2020 at 12:40 pm

    Great read, great young man, he has a high ceiling!

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