The family of OL Austin Pyne (6-4 285) of Ashburnham, MA has deep football roots. His great grandfather George played in the NFL in the 1930s. His grandfather played for the Patriots and an uncle also played for several NFL teams. His father and another uncle played college football. His younger brother Kevin, who is in the 8th grade and already 6-8, 260 pounds, is a developing prospect as is his cousin Drew Pyne, also a member of the 2020 class and already holding a USC offer.
Last weekend Austin, Kevin and their father visited the Gamecocks at the request of the school. Austin has some FCS offers right now and is hoping to add some SEC and ACC offers from his performance this season. USC offensive line coach Shawn Elliott plans to keep an eye on him.
“We met with coach Elliott and he likes him a lot because he’s a tough, physical kid,” said David Pyne, Austin’s father. “He’s said he’s going to recruit him and wants to see his senior film. He likes him a lot. They called us down there and wanted to see Austin in person. And coach Elliott is kind of Austin’s type of guy, a tough, physical, in your face, tough offensive line guy. It was exciting to meet with him and talk with him.”
Pyne plays guard and center. He has also visited Penn State, Virginia, North Carolina, Syracuse, Pittsburgh and West Virginia. David Pyne said the visit to USC was memorable.
“The place is absolutely gorgeous and beautiful,” he said. “It’s the SEC. It’s tremendous. Columbia was a beautiful town.”
David Pyne said USC wants them to make a return visit during the season and they will try to work that out around their football schedule because their games are played on Saturdays. Right now, it’s too soon to know which direction his son’s recruiting will move.
“We started late in the whole process and we’re working to get better in football,” he said. “But we’re only visiting places where people are in contact.”