Madison, Ala.--One of the top offensive line prospects in the country and a longtime commitment to the Auburn Tigers, big Austin Troxell is counting down the time until he’s officially onboard with Coach Gus Malzahn’s program.
“It’s exciting,” the 6-8, 320 Troxell said. “Feb. 1 is signing day and it’s going to be exciting whenever I get my name down on that paper. I’m just looking forward to it.”
Injured early in his senior season, the four-star offensive tackle prospect and Under Armour All-American said he enjoyed watching the Auburn offensive line work this season under the guidance of first-year Coach Herb Hand.
Becoming a dominating unit during the middle of the season until injuries to quarterback Sean White and running backs Kamryn Pettway and Kerryon Johnson slowed things to a crawl, Troxell said he saw plenty of positives from the group overall.
“I think the offensive line played great,” Troxell said. “They were up for the Joe Moore Award this year. Only good things to come out of Coach Hand.”
One of the biggest questions is where Troxell winds up playing when he gets to Auburn? Easily big enough and athletic enough to play tackle, Troxell’s strength could make him a fit inside as well. He said for him it doesn’t matter as long as he’s helping the team win.
“Wherever the coaches feel like I have a chance to play, whether that’s guard or tackle, I don’t care,” he said. “I’m just ready to get down there and work my butt off and hopefully play early.”
Playing is something that Troxell has missed out on recently, missing much of his junior and senior years with back-to-back knee injuries. Even without his presence Madison Academy made it back to the Class 3A finals before falling to Handley at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
Even though he wasn’t part of the playing rotation, Troxell said he learned plenty this season watching his fellow Mustangs lay it on the line week after week.
“Most of the time they just motivated me,” Troxell said. “Everything they do, they worked so hard and through all of the stuff they never gave up. It was motivating to me that we have guys like that on the team.”
Saying that he’s “100 percent Auburn”, Troxell said he plans to visit the Tigers officially on the weekend of Jan. 20 before signing on Feb. 1. One of the anchors of the 2017 class for Auburn, Troxell said he can’t wait to make it official and he’s excited about the future on the Plains.
“They’re going in the right direction,” Troxell said. “When you have injuries here or there it hurts, but when they were at full strength they can play with anybody in the country.”