#2 Thailand Baldwin of Phoebus (Photo: Joe Barnes/recruit757)
Joshua Austin, Thailand Baldwin draw offers from UTSA for Phoebus
by Brandon Mitchell, recruit757
All eyes were on the Phoebus Phantoms on National Signing Day as we watched six prospects sign their National Letter of Intent to continue their academic and athletic careers. Heading to the next level will be Dominic Edwards, Latrelle Smith, Donovan Cooper, Elijah Mitchell, Barry Hargraves and Anthony “Sunshine” Wallace. Also making news this week from the recruiting realm out of Phoebus were starting defensive back Thailand Baldwin (2020 DB 6-1 175) and starting defensive end Joshua Austin (2020 DE 6-0 200). Both All-Region prospects were able to pick up an offer from the University of Texas at San Antonio. For Baldwin it’s his second (Rutgers) while for Austin it’s his first.
“My coach pulled me aside told me that one of the coaches wanted to talk to me and keep in contact,” Austin told recruit757. “After I got up with the coach, he told me to give home a call. We had a very long conversation about the school, the football program, nursing program, things that I was interested in and what I’d want in a college. He also talked to my father and at the end of the call he offered me.”
Both Austin and Baldwin were integral pieces to the success earned by the Phantoms on the defensive side of the ball. Baldwin accumulated 83 tackles (four tackles for loss), 17 pass break ups, five interceptions, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery from the back half of the defense. He was also able to add All-District, All-Region, All-State and All-757 recognition. Austin was a different type of beast from the defensive line picking up 109 tackles (20 tackles for loss), 18 sacks and two forced fumbles. Should UTSA be fortunate enough to grab one of these two dynamic prospects, it could shift the direction of its defense for years to come.
“It’s exciting, but also humbling and only makes me even more hungry to escalate my game, achieve more, and become more successful,” Austin stated. “It feels great to know that I’m able to further my education and play at the next level, but I also know that I’m not finished and have to stay humble.”
Baldwin and Austin have another season to try to achieve what the Phantoms weren’t able to do this past season falling four points short in the Class 3 state championship game to Heritage-Lyn. Being able to watch their teammates in the auditorium sign their NLI’s on Wednesday lit a fire under Austin that reignited the mission all over again. In order to get there, Austin understands there is no room contentment and dissension.
“All of the seniors were great players and teammates ‘brothers.’ I know that this is a blessing and it gives me great motivation, but it won’t be something that will make me complacent. I will not lose sight of the task at hand,” Austin said.
– Brandon Mitchell