California DE to visit Army

Austin Kurke

All three United State service academies are interested in adding talented defensive end, Austin Kurke, to their roster. The 6-foot-5, 230-pound athlete from El Segundo (Calif.) High School is intrigued with the offers and wants to visit each academy before making his decision on college.

"Army, Air Force, and Navy have all offered me," said Austin Kurke. "They're all three at the top of my list, but right now they're equal. I like the idea of an academy and serving my country. My parents are higher on Navy and Air Force than Army. From a parent's perspective, they think it would probably me more dangerous for me. I'm up for adventure though and the prospect of going into danger.

"Tomorrow I'm leaving on my first official to Navy. I've taken an unofficial to Air Force over the summer, so I'm not as worried about scheduling an official there since I've seen the place. Army wants me to wait and take an official there in January. I'm not going to make a commitment until I've seen Army."

Kurke also holds offers from Utah, Arizona State, and South Dakota State. Although the service academies like Kurke at defensive end, some schools like him at tight end, his other position at El Segundo. In seven games, Kurke has 12 receptions for 210 yards and a touchdown on offense and 71 tackles, eight sacks, a pass breakup, and a fumble recovery. The Eagles are 2-0 in the Pioneer Conference and 4-3 overall.

"We've been playing well," Kurke said. "Our offensive line has been moving people around and opening running lanes for us. I've improved a lot on my route running [at tight end] and my speed on defense. I worked a lot on using my hands in the off-season and see a big improvement.

"I've been a starter since my sophomore year. Last year, I was a team captain, but wasn't one of the vocal leaders. This year I'm doing more talking on the field to motivate my teammates."

Kurke would like to study Business or Engineering in college. He had two of his grandfathers serve in the U.S. Air Force. Kurke, who also runs track at El Segundo, will graduate in June of 2013.

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