Another big-time local recruit, Eaves has the size and skills to make a long-term impact on the program ... Will provide immediate depth up front this season and begin his acclamation to the college level.
High School: Played right guard as a high school senior in 2011 for Coach Scott Bailey at Lamar (Mo.) High ... Helped lead an offense that finished 14-1, compiled more than 6,500 total yards and earned the Missouri Class 2 state title his senior season ... Earned Class 2 all-state and All-Ozarks honors in 2011 as well as all-conference and All-Ozarks recognition ... Provided spark for Lamar offense to rack up 442 yards of total offense in 2011 Show-Me Bowl victory over Lafayette County ... Was third-team all-state as a junior along with second-team all-conference and first-team all-district for the 2010 state semifinalists ... Team was 10-4 his junior year ... Was part of four straight district championship and state playoff teams at Lamar ... Also played basketball and baseball.
Personal: Austin James Eaves was born 7/19/94 in Nevada, Mo. ... Son of Dave and Mandy Eaves of Lamar, Mo. ... Has two brothers, Brandon and Jimmie, and a sister, Brandy ... Plans to major in Athletic Training.