Auburn Offer Surprises 2017 Offensive Tackle

Talented 2017 offensive tackle Austin Troxell from Madison Academy talks about getting his first offer from the Auburn Tigers

Madison, Ala.--A talented offensive tackle prospect for one of Alabama’s top high school programs, 6-8, 275 sophomore Austin Troxell got huge news recently when he made a trip to Auburn to see the Tigers take on South Carolina.

Getting the opportunity to talk with Coach Gus Malzahn and Auburn Offensive Line Coach J.B. Grimes on his trip along with his recruiting coach, Tim Horton, and offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee, Troxell said Auburn offered him a scholarship and it made a great day even better.

“It was really exciting,” Troxell tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. “I was really surprised whenever they offered me. It just feels so good to finally get that first offer. It was just great with the atmosphere down there.

“I was really surprised,” he added. “I only talked to the coaches there a few times. I was really surprised they offered me that quick.”

Playing tight end as well as offensive tackle as a freshman for the Mustangs on the way to a state championship, Troxell has excelled as a full-time starter this season. A very athletic player with good feet and athleticism, he said Auburn’s coaches told him they like his potential.

“They said I had good footwork,” Troxell said. “Most of all they said they liked my character and how I act. That is the number one thing they liked about me.”

Growing up an Alabama fan, Troxell said that he isn’t hearing much from the Crimson Tide at this point, but that an offer would obviously be a big one for him. Even though he’s a fan of Auburn’s rival, he said having the chance to visit and see Jordan-Hare Stadium and the campus has him feeling good about the Tigers.

“I like Auburn after I went down there,” Troxell said. “I really didn’t know what to think about things when I first decided to go down there, but after being down there they really changed my mind about Auburn.”

Planning to make a return trip to Auburn this weekend to see the Tigers take on Texas A&M, Troxell hopes it’s the second of at least three trips he makes to Jordan-Hare Stadium this year with the Super 7 taking place in early December. Back-to-back Class 3A state champions and the No. 1 team this season, Madison Academy is one of the favorites to be back this season and Troxell noted that is the only thing on his mind at the moment along with improving as a player every day.

“I think I have developed a lot,” he said. “Going into this season I didn’t really have that much experience with me being a sophomore and all. I think I have grown up a lot and gotten a lot better technique-wise.

“It’s an awesome time,” he added. “I just hope we make it to Jordan-Hare Stadium.”

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