Visiting the Plains on Saturday to get another look at Gus Malzahn, offensive line coach J.B. Grimes and the Tigers as they hit the field for the second scrimmage of the spring, Troxell said everything about the visit went well for him.
“I was really excited when I was driving down there to see what type of players they have this year,” Troxell said. “I also just wanted to talk to the coaches and just hang out and build that relationship up.”
Paying particular attention to Auburn’s offensive line group, Troxell said he enjoyed watching Shon Coleman work on the left side, but it was the right side of the line that stood out to him on the field. He said getting to see Grimes in action was also a big highlight for him.
“Those two guys were good and Avery Young really impressed me a lot,” Troxell said of Auburn’s first-team tackles. “I think he’s a fantastic player. Coach Grimes is a really, really good coach.
“He’s an old-school type of coach,” he added of Grimes. “He’ll get on to you, but he also tries to coach you up. I like that. My offensive line coach that I’ve had the past two years is just like that.”
Saying that Auburn is the school recruiting him the hardest at the moment, Troxell said the guy responsible for that is Tim Horton. In charge of recruiting his area and one of the reasons why Auburn landed Kerryon Johnson out of Madison Academy in the 2015 class, Horton has definitely made an impact on Troxell as well.
“He just seems like a great guy,” Troxell said. “He’s just a honest guy that tells you how it is straight-up. I really like that.”
Recently, Troxell was one of several hundred prospects that took part in the Nike Atlanta Regional at Buford High. One of the top 2017 players in attendance, Troxell showed that he‘s someone to be reckoned with the next two seasons, but for him it was yet another experience to improve his game.
“There’s a ton of great players out there,” Troxell said of what he learned at the Nike Camp. “My pass pro has to get a lot better and I have to move my feet a little better. I also know that I’ve got to get stronger. The exposure of getting to compete with all of those guys was great.”