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Corinth Holders soccer standout Grant Austin to play at VMI

Grant Austin signs with VMI with his parents (seated) Jake and Amber Austin, (standing, from left) Corinth Holders assistant soccer coach Joe Mott, head coach Brent Walston and principal Chase Farrell.
Grant Austin signs with VMI with his parents (seated) Jake and Amber Austin, (standing, from left) Corinth Holders assistant soccer coach Joe Mott, head coach Brent Walston and principal Chase Farrell. cbest@newsobserver.com

High School: Corinth Holders

Clubs: JUSA, Carolina Soccer Club/TFC Alliance

Parents: Jake and Amber Austin

Height, Weight: 5-foot-10, 165

Why VMI? “I went to an ID camp there over the summer and I did well at the camp. I liked the school and the more I learned, the more it sounded like the place for me. It’s a place I can get a great education.”

Major: Enviromental Engineering

Notable: After identifying Grant as a target during that summer camp, the VMI coaches called him on the first day of recruiting last July. … Grant led Corinth Holders with 26 goals last season, while adding 13 assists. He helped the Pirates to a 19-0 regular-season mark, the Two Rivers 3A Conference championship and a win in the JUSA Cup. He earned all-region, all-state and News & Observer All-Metro selections. … He’s thankful for his teammates, coaches at JUSA and CHHS coaches Brent Walston and Joe Mott for their work in helping develop his as a soccer player. “They’ve built a great program and they’re a big reason why this program has developed into a state championship contender,” Grant said. … The Pirates were state playoff qualifiers all four times during Grant’s career, compiling a 6-4 record in the postseason. … Grant played with the San Antonio United academy team on a playing tour of England last summer, meeting the Manchester City academy team and the pro Barton Barons among other teams. … He wants to improve his vision and field awareness in college. “Not only where to go with the ball, but knowing what’s going on all around you,” Grant said. “You can never be good enough in soccer. You can always get better, stronger, faster.”

Corinth Holders coach Brent Walston: “He’s a Division I athlete and this is a great opportunity for him. We were lucky enough to have him play with us for four years. What sets him apart is his ability to turn it up a notch on the field no matter the competition.”

Compiled by D. Clay Best

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