January 5, 2012

Grammer Talks Commitment

With high school football season over, current Houston Cougars' commit Austin Grammer has turned his attention to his high school basketball season and his Tuscaloosa (AL) American Christian Academy hoops team, where he serves as both point guard and shooting guard for his Patriots.

Basketball season is off to a great start for Grammer and his teammates.

"Basketball season is going really well," the dual sport star said. "We're having one of the best seasons in school history right now, we're like 14-4 or 14-3 right now, we're having a great year and I'm really enjoying it."

Another thing Grammer is paying close attention to is how the coaching staff for the Houston Cougars will shake out. After former head coach Kevin Sumlin announced he was leaving for Texas A&M, Grammer's immediate reaction was to see how the rest of the staff shook out, in particularly offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury who he's developed a close relationship with. Kingsbury too has since left Houston for Texas A&M leaving Grammer pondering his potential future as a Houston Cougar.

"As of right now I'm still committed to Houston," Grammer said. "I haven't really talked to my family about it yet. I was really close to coach (Kliff) Kingsbury and he was one of the biggest reasons I committed to Houston in the first place. It does kind of shake things up a little bit as far as my recruitment but my commitment status to the University of Houston hasn't changed as of right now. I'm supposed to call coach Kingsbury tonight and talk to him and I still need to sit down with my parents and talk to them about it as well."

One thing the Cougars have that could keep Grammer a Coog is the expectation that the offense will remain the same.

"When I talked to coach Kingsbury before he told me that if he left everything would remain the same as far as the offense goes," the Rivals three-star quarterback added. "I've talked to coach (Tony) Levine before and I love that guy to death, he's an awesome guy. I've gotten to know coach Kingsbury really well and it's just something I need to talk about before I make my final decision."

Should Grammer decide to open things back up there are three potential schools that would be interested.

"If I opened things back up I'd take a look at Arkansas State with coach (Gus) Malzahan there now and offensive coordinator Rhett Lashley, that's someone I got real close with early on in the recruiting process when he was at Samford. They would be towards the top of my list, Florida Atlantic who I also have an offer from would be up there and Mississippi State also, but they haven't offered me yet, but I've been talking to them a lot and if they offered that would definitely be someone I would be interested in."

As the rest of the coaching staff shapes up the majority of Cougars commitments have already reaffirmed their status but Grammer will be one to keep a close eye on as things unfold.

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