Austin Fort heading to Wyoming
Austin Fort is ready for the next challenge. After leading Gillette (Wyoming) High School to the Class 4A title game as a junior last season and carrying the Camels to the state semifinal game this year, the 6-foot-4, 210-pounder is looking forward to playing college football in 2014.
While he was recruited by a number of schools, including Illinois, Colorado and Colorado State, Ford is staying closet to home and he’ll attend Wyoming. “I committed to Wyoming for all the right reasons, because I believe it’s the right place for me,” Fort said.
After passing for 2,137 yards and 13 touchdowns as a junior at Gillette and running for 735 yards and 10 more TDs, college recruiters came after Fort in waves. He committed to Wyoming in June. “I tried to get as much exposure as I could as a junior so I’d have as many options as possible going into the summer,” Fort said. “In the back of my mind I wanted to get it done early so it wouldn’t be on my mind during my senior year. When the opportunity came up and I ended up committing to Wyoming, it was a pretty big relief.”
This season, Fort passed for 1,070 yards and 8 touchdowns while using his 4.6 speed to run for 670 yards and 10 more scores. The overall numbers were down, for a reason.
Fort 10-1 as a senior
“I thought we had a great year as a team, that’s for sure,” Fort said of the Camels going 10-1. “The beginning of my season was frustrating because I had an ankle injury early on that kind of kept me off the field. And when I did get back, we would get up on teams and I would come out, either at halftime or after three quarters. I only played three full games the whole year. I could have had better numbers if I had played more but I feel like when I was on the field I was pretty effective.”
While his high school career just ended, Fort is already preparing for the next level. “I’m doing all my off-season training and I’m going to move down there (Laramie) in June and start camp,” Fort said. “Just get better every single day and be the best quarterback that I can be. Just put myself in the position to be successful. They haven’t told me anything so far about red-shirting or any of that business, so I’m just kind of waiting to find out.”
A natural athlete, Fort has improved his overall game by attending NFA camps since he was in seventh grade. He has often worked with NFA Founder/President Darin Slack and Director of Player Development/Master Coach Will Hewlett. “The NFA camps were really helpful as far as getting you into a competitive environment and helping you learn how to stick out as a quarterback and get better, obviously,” Fort said. “Working with Coach Hewlett one-on-one was huge for me, just getting my mechanics tuned as well as possible so I could be more successful on the field.”