As a junior, Austin Sheehan helped Highlands to a 14-1 record and a 5A state title. He had 26 catches on the season for 666 yards and four touchdowns on a very balanced and dominating team.
"I think I did pretty good. I look forward to my senior season so I can improve. Me and (Patrick) Towles look to have a big season together," said Sheehan.
So what does Sheehan do to so well on the field that helps him become a standout performer for Highlands?
"I think I run routes really well. We work all season on running routes," he said. "As a wide receiver you have to run the routes well. My coach says that you want to be a puppet master of the defensive backs. Also my speed is a strength," he said.
The 5-foot-10, 160-pound Sheehan is working to improve on his blocking and his strength. "When you're a receiver, you have to block because you want your running backs to break (a long run)," he said.
Sheehan has heard from several D2 and D3 schools so far, but the interest in beginning to pick up from the D1 schools now.
"Toledo, Ball State and Ohio have been in contact with me. Kansas State has been sending me different things. The first three have invited me to their Junior Days. Tennessee and Kansas State have invited me to camps," he continued.
There's little doubt that Sheehan will receive more interest as the spring approaches. And if Highlands can reach their season goals during Austin's senior season, the attention could be at an all-time high.
"The biggest goal would be the national championship and going 15-0," he said. "Our coaches say that if you work hard and be coachable, the wins will just come. Weight-lifting is going really well so far. The team is looking good," Sheehan finished.