Revenge Game Sweet For Talented Tackle

Class of 2017 offensive tackle Austin Troxell was impressive in Madison Academy's season opening win over Leeds, the only opponent his championship team lost to last season.

Madison, Ala.--The No. 5 ranked offensive tackle prospect in the country for the 2017 recruiting class, big Austin Troxell and his Madison Academy teammates got the season off to a huge start on Friday night when the Mustangs downed Leeds 19-14 in a rematch from last year’s opener. The only loss on the way to a third consecutive state title a season ago for his team, Leeds was a focal point said Troxell.

“Last year they came out and beat us so we wanted to get revenge on them,” Troxell said. “Everybody was saying Leeds, Leeds, Leeds and I thought they came out a little confident. It was like they didn’t think we were who we are. We just punched them right in the face and played an excellent game. We had too many mistakes and we can improve on that.”

The performance was a strong one for Troxell as he played much of the game on the defensive line in addition to his duties at left tackle in Madison Academy’s offense. Despite the stifling heat on the turf at the Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, Troxell gutted it out and said for him there was no other option.

“That comes from a lot of work in the summer to get in shape,” Troxell said. “I cramped a little bit and got sick in the first half and was throwing up, but you’ve got to see it out for your teammates. That’s what I did.”

Something else that helped Troxell is his double-duties as a basketball player for the Mustangs. That has meant a lot of extra running and made it tougher for him to gain weight over the last two seasons. While the basketball continues Troxell has definitely added muscle since last season and believes it will make a difference for him.

“I think my strength is a lot better,” Troxell said. “My footwork is improving. I have also improved my leadership a lot because my team needs me to do that. That’s not an easy thing for me. I’m a quiet guy naturally so it’s taking me out of my comfort zone, but I’ll get there.”

Despite offers from Auburn, Alabama, Louisville, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Southern Miss and Vanderbilt already Troxell said at the moment recruiting has slowed down somewhat with both he and the college programs focused on the season. He expects that to change here in a week when schools can begin to contact him on Sept. 1.

One of the schools that will definitely be in contact is Auburn. Already very much in the picture with Troxell following his several visits to the Plains in the last year, Auburn’s strength is relationships at the moment and Troxell said that comes from the top of the staff on down.

“It’s the coaches, Coach (Tim) Horton and Coach (J.B.) Grimes, and Coach (Gus) Malzahn is a great dude,” Troxell said. “The players down there, facilities, all of it is great.”

Even though he grew up a fan of Alabama Troxell said that won’t have an impact on his decision when the time comes. Instead he’s just going to continue to learn as much as possible about every program, and that includes Auburn.

“I could just close it off and go to Bama, but the door is open so I’m going to check them out,” Troxell said. “Having them down there would be cool if I committed there and went there. They are recruiting me hard so I’m getting used to that.”

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