In-State O-Tackle Has Auburn In the Mix

Football prospect Austin Troxell from Madison Academy talks about his upcoming season and being recruited by the Auburn Tigers.

Madison, Ala.--Four-star offensive tackle Austin Troxell, who participated in a summer football camp at Auburn and made a return trip to spend time with the coaching staff, says he is in no hurry to make his college choice. However, he makes it clear that he is very interested in the Tigers.

“I like Auburn,” the rising junior said. “The coaches are real and I like what they have going on down there. Coach (J.B.) Grimes seems like a good guy.”

Grimes, who is Auburn’s offensive line coach, is recruiting Troxell for the Tigers along with running backs coach Tim Horton. “They are recruiting me the hardest, probably,” he said of Auburn.

Standing close to six-foot-seven and right at 270 pounds, Troxell was a key player on Madison Academy’s 2014 state championship team that won the title in December at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

Asked what his focus in preseason training has been, Troxell said, “I am working on my upper body and my agility, and I am trying to step up into a leadership role as an upperclassmen. My leadership skills are something I am working very hard on.”

Austin Troxell

The Tigers signed his teammate, 2014 Alabama Mr. Football winner Kerryon Johnson, and have a commitment from another Madison Academy running back, class of 2016 prospect Malik Miller. Troxell says both are recruiting him to join them at Auburn, but says while it would be nice to play with those guys in college it won’t be a factor in his decision that will probably come in spring of 2016.

Auburn, which was the first college to offer him a scholarship, was followed by Alabama, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt and others.

As Troxell prepares for his junior season vs. Leeds on Friday night Montgomery at Cramton Bowl, his team is looking to continue a very impressive run as a football power.

“If we won the state championship again it would mean a lot,” he said. “That would be a four-peat and not many teams can do that. Not many teams can three-peat. We already have a dynasty, I think, and we are creating a good name at Madison Academy and I think we can make it even better. I think we will have a good team.”

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