Madison, Ala.--One of the top in-state prospects for the 2017 signee football class continues Auburn's recent additions to its roster from Madison Academy.
On Wednesday the Tigers signed four-star offensive tackle Austin Troxell, a 6-7, 325-pounder who committed to Auburn in June, choosing the Tigers over Alabama.
Troxell will rejoin his former teammates at Madison Academy, running backs Kerryon Johnson and Malik Miller. He played on two state championship teams, but missed his senior season due to his second ACL injury.
The Under Armour All-American is expected to be ready to return to action for preseason practice in August. Rated as a four-star offensive tackle by Scout and the No 2 prospect in the state at his position, he is ranked as the No. 21 tackle nationally and No. 195 nationally among all prospects.
Scout.com recruiting analyst John Garcia says the Tigers are adding a prospect with plenty of potential.
“He is long at six-foot-seven and has added weight consistently, and not bad weight at that, and he can get down in that 6-7 frame and play with pretty good balance,” Garcia says.
“Obviously, has the wingspan to play either edge, left or right tackle, and he’s got some grit to him when he gets to the point of attack. Before the injuries it was more about him needing to add some weight and play with that aggression. Now that he added the weight he got injured again it may take more time than we thought, but Austin still has those traits.
“To be a top five guy in the state for this cycle desptie the two ACLs, that says everything about what we think about him,” Garcia adds.