Football Prospect Hoping To Carry On Tradition

This three-sport athlete, who will visit the AU campus this weekend, grew up a Tiger football fan and is very interested in the Auburn program.

Montgomery, Ala.-–Trinity Presbyterian's 2004 football team was full of Auburn legacies as tight end Tommy Trott and junior defensive lineman Bart Eddins led the way to a 12-1 record. The sons of former Tiger players Marvin Trott and Liston Eddins, the duo will both leave Trinity as two of the most heavily recruited players in school history.

One player who has been generally overlooked in the mix is athlete Austin Hoyt. The son of a former Auburn walk-on, the 6-1, 180 Hoyt may follow in his father Wayne Hoyt's footsteps as a walk-on to the program and he's expected to take an official visit to Auburn this weekend.

Austin Hoyt was one of the most impressive players in Central Alabama this year.

"Right now I'm hearing from Auburn, Samford and Jacksonville State," Hoyt tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "Things have been going well. My recruitment hasn't been as hectic as Tommy's, but I'm having a great time with it. It's the opportunity of a lifetime. I'm looking forward to my visit.

"Tommy took his official last weekend and he told me, ‘You know you have an official visit set up.' I was surprised and overwhelmed at the fact that I get to take this visit to such a big Division I school. I'm just looking forward to it and I'm looking forward to hanging out with the coaches for the weekend.

"My dad went to Auburn and he walked on the football program," Hoyt adds. "I have grown up and been a huge Auburn fan all my life. This is just a great opportunity to live out my dream. I'm just keeping my options open right now. Auburn has offered me a preferred walk-on spot. Samford and Jacksonville State are talking to me, but they haven't offered yet. Hopefully, everything will work out."

Saying he'll arrive Saturday morning because of a basketball game Friday night, Hoyt says he's excited about the opportunity to visit the college he always dreamed of playing for. A standout player for the Wildcats as a three-year starter, Hoyt had a tremendous senior season. He caught 40 passes for 771 yards and 11 touchdowns from his wide receiver position and also made 55 tackles with six interceptions, one of which he returned 59 yards for a touchdown.

He also returned both kicks and punts for the Wildcats. Hoyt had 20 kickoff returns as a senior for 413 yards and one TD. For his high school career he had 62 for 749 with three TDs. He had 21 punt returns as a senior for 262 yards and one TD and 25 for 498 and one TD for his career.

Recruited by the Tigers as a defensive back, he says that's where he feels comfortable.

"I feel like I have a good sense for the ball," Hoyt says. "I feel that as a defensive back I can read the offense and the quarterback's eyes and be able to break on the ball and make some plays as well as be able to tackle."

Hoyt attended a summer football camp on the Auburn campus and says he ran a 4.69 40-yard dash while on campus. While the time is a solid one, he plays the game much faster than that on the field and has good football instincts that give him the sense of being quicker in game action. He also starts at shooting guard for the basketball team and in center field in baseball.

Depending on if he receives an offer or not from one of the smaller schools on his list, there is a good chance that Hoyt will wind up at Auburn next season. When he does he could be teammates with Trott, who chose the Tigers on Wednesday night. Next season Eddins could join the duo as well and give Trinity three players at Auburn at the same time. Hoyt says that's something he thinks about a lot and he's hopeful that's what the future holds.

"It's very exciting," Hoyt says. "That's something I've been looking forward to. It's not every day that someone gets to go play in college with two of their best friends. I'm just really excited about the opportunity, probably, to get to do that."

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