Standout Tight End Not Satisfied

This in-state prospect says that he is always working on trying to improve.

Montgomery, Ala.-–Life has been good for Trinity Presbyterian's Tommy Trott the last 12 months.

Late in 2003 he helped lead the Wildcats to a state championship in football and later he was named an All-State performer on the basketball court. While accomplishing those feats, Trott caught the attention of college recruiters in football and by early summer had received a dozen scholarship offers. Trott says that knowing what he has in front of him has been a comfortable thing as recruiting heats up heading into his senior season.

"It's still enjoyable," Trott tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I'm having fun with it. I'm not sure how many more camps I'll go to. I had Alabama (19th) and then I'm going to take a couple of trips. I don't know if they're going to fall in with camps, but I have a beach trip planned and a bunch of stuff planned just for fun.

"You almost feel like, not so much as you've already proven yourself because you want to have more and not set limitations, but I have great teams out there that have already said they wanted me," Trott adds. "You still have to work though."

Tommy Trott in action in last year's state title game. He was named the game MVP.

A standout at tight end for Trinity, the 6-4, 240-pounder dominated opponents in 2003 on the way to the state title. Lining up at both tight end and wide receiver, Trott caught 57 passes for 1,163 yards and 17 touchdowns as a junior. Despite his obvious talent for the position and game experience, Trott says that a recent 7-on-7 passing camp at Auburn was the best experience he could have possibly had heading into his senior year.

"It helps a lot," Trott says. "You had competition there and athletes everywhere, stacks of athletes. That's what's going to help us. It's a whole lot of running in one day, but you just have to keep going. We faced players like we will probably never see. LaGrange, Ga., (High) had guys, they were probably the best players I've ever lined up against. That's going to help me. It's going to make me a better player."

Known mostly as a receiver, Trott says that it surprises many when he tells them his favorite part of the game is being physical. A punishing defensive end when called upon on defense, Trott says that he doesn't mind getting down and dirty in the trenches.

"I can go out there and hang with the outside," Trott says. "I can get the job done out there, but I come inside and I know there is a lot of question about my blocking because people haven't seen much of it. I think that's one of the best parts of my game. I love getting in there and hitting people and driving them back."

Looking at Auburn, Alabama, Miami, Florida, LSU and a handful of other schools, Trott says that he'll spend the majority of his summer trying to improve several parts of his game. Despite likely being the number one player in Alabama for 2005, the son of a former Auburn player and the grandson of a former Alabama standout knows that there is always room for improvement and that's his goal.

"I'm not the kind of guy to talk about my strengths," Trott says. "I'm really working on my speed. I have gotten faster. I'm down to about a 4.6 now (40-yard dash). I have cut it down from a 4.75. I'm trying to keep getting it down so I can beat defensive backs. Right now I'm just a route runner, I try to beat them with my routes. It would be nice to flat-out run past somebody."


Inside The AU Tigers Top Stories