“I’m really excited to be an Aggie,” said Day. “I can’t wait to get up there and get geared up for practice.”
He will move to Logan in July to begin working with the team’s kickers. He will then start official practices with the full team in early August.
Day, who finished his high school career as a 5-foot-10, 235-pound lineman, played football all four years of high school, including the past two years at Grand County High. He previously played football in his home state of Washington before his family moved to Moab.
An all-state honorable mention player, he helped the Red Devils reach a 10-2 season and an appearance in the state 2A championship game last November.
His father, Joe Day, credits private coaches Dan Zeidman and Joe Nelthorpe of Lifetime Kicking Academy for working with Austin over the past couple of years.
“Both Dan and Joe have invested a lot of time in Austin and we are forever grateful,” Joe Day said. “Through the course of the last year, Austin has focused his efforts on getting nationally ranked, which he did. He worked his way up to seventh in the country among high school long-snappers who have participated in more than one event in the national camp series.”
Although he is categorized as a preferred walk-on for the first year with the Aggies, Austin Day hopes to secure a scholarship for his remaining three years of eligibility. A straight-A student in high school, he says he plans to major in business at USU.
“Austin had made a goal at the beginning of his sixth grade year to play Division I football,” added his father. “It was a long shot and he was often told it was a pipe dream, but Austin never lost sight of his goal. He always quietly kept the faith. It was something he worked at year-round in both athletics and academically. He took it very serious and dedicated countless hours, but now we see it paying off.”