Madison, Ala.--One of the nation’s top offensive tackle prospects, four-star Austin Troxell has been a frequent visitor to see the Auburn Tigers and was recently back on campus for the A-Day game at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Not able to make it to campus until the very end of the game, Troxell said it didn’t keep him from having another enjoyable trip to the Plains.
“It went good,” Troxell said. “I actually didn’t get to see any of the game, but it went good. I talked with the coaches afterwards. I spent a lot of time with Kerryon (former Madison Academy teammate Kerryon Johnson) and hung out with him. It went well.”
Troxell also had the opportunity to hang out with Auburn commitment and five-star tackle Calvin Ashley. A player who doesn’t shy away from recruiting other prospects for the Tigers, Ashley had a big impact said Troxell and joins with Johnson and fellow freshman Malik Miller in making it hard for Troxell to turn away from the Tigers.
“It’s pretty big,” he said of Ashley trying to get him to Auburn. “A lot of people might think that because we play the same position I might not want any part of that, but I feel like he’s really good and if he wants me to go there it’s telling me something.
“If I do end up going there, with me and Calvin I feel like they would be set at the tackle position. It’s big for him to be recruiting me to come down there. With K.J. and Malik and then him now, it’s getting pretty hard.”
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One of the biggest draws for Troxell in his recruitment is his bond with new Auburn offensive line coach Herb Hand. Getting the chance to sit down with him once again on his visit, Troxell said Hand is someone he feels like he could work well with should he choose the Tigers.
“He’s just a real high energy guy,” Troxell said. “He treats me like his own kid. He’s just a really good coach and I like how he coaches up his players and how he talks to them. Me and him have a pretty good relationship.
“I didn’t know how I would like him because I really liked Coach (J.B.) Grimes. I was like ‘oh man, I don’t even know about Auburn any more,'but I really like Coach Hand. He’s recruiting me as hard or harder than Coach (Tim) Horton is. Those two guys right there are pretty dang good recruiters.”
Making a visit on Monday to visit Troxell, both Hand and Horton continue to build that bond with the offensive tackle and it’s something he said definitely works in Auburn’s favor.
“It helps Auburn tremendously,” Troxell said. “Those guys are messaging me or talking to me and they’re always in my ear about something. They’re always talking to me in some way and that’s definitely beneficial for them.”
Now the goal for Troxell is to continue his rehab from knee surgery last year and get back in playing shape before Madison Academy hits the field next season. Unable to go through spring practice but able to do some running, Troxell said right now he’s 6-7, 325 and wants to get back down to 310 or 315 by the time August rolls around.
As for his recruiting, Troxell said he wants to have his decision made by the time the season starts as well. With several colleges still in the mix, this one still looks to be an in-state battle for the talented lineman.
“I feel like Alabama and Auburn are my top two schools right now,” he said. “Georgia and Ole Miss are still up there. I still feel like I’ll make a decision before the season starts, that’s what I plan on doing.”