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Henry Clay (Ky.) High School junior Austin Black is accustomed to going from sport to sport. Whether it's in the fall or the spring or the summer, the 2014 prospect is active on the field and wouldn't have it any other way.

The 5-foot-11 and 185-pound receiver/safety is currently on the gridiron and helping his team make a long postseason journey.

"Our team is 4-6 right now and won our last game," said Black. "We've had a lot of mishaps during the season but we can still get in the playoffs and our playoffs start in a couple of weeks.

"I also run track with the 100 and 200 meter hurdles and the relay events. Then I play lacrosse, too. So I stay pretty busy the whole year but I love it."

Black has been productive on both sides of the ball this fall in the passing game and in the defensive secondary. Despite playing in a run-oriented offense, Black has posted solid numbers for Henry Clay High School.

"I play slot receiver and safety but I am being recruited as a receiver," said Black, who was timed with a 4.61 forty last summer. "I like both positions and I like hitting people. I also like catching the ball and helping our offense. I have 29 catches so far and about 450 yards and four touchdowns."

Black added he also spent the offseason working on his blocking in order to help the team even more in the ground game. And so far he's pleased with the progress he's made in that area.

"I am a lot better at blocking now and that has been one of my better aspects this year," said Black. "We are mostly a running team and our receivers do a lot of blocking. Also, my route running is better but my main goal was to be a better blocker. I wanted to really prepare myself to be solid in that area and I feel I have done that."

On the recruiting scene, Black noted he is beginning to draw interest from several in-state programs. He is also hoping to draw interest from another SEC program and possibly attend a few SEC camps next summer.

"A lot of instate programs are showing interest, schools like Kentucky, Western Kentucky and Eastern Kentucky," Black said. "I have been to some Kentucky games this year and last summer I went to Michigan's camp and an Ultimate 100 camp and to Ohio State. That was about it but I want to go to more camps this summer. I will probably go back to the Michigan camp again and that was a good experience.

"I will also probably camp at Louisville and Florida and also, hopefully, go to a camp at Mississippi State. I know Mississippi State is a pretty good school and they are doing well in the SEC. I would like to see their program and learn more about Mississippi State."

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