Trott Explains His Decision To Be A Tiger

The Tigers get more good news on the recruiting front as the state of Alabama's most highly regarded prospect told Inside the Auburn Tigers that he will sign with the Tigers.

Montgomery, Ala.--Tommy Trott, considered one of the nation's top tight end prospects, told Inside the Auburn Tigers on Wednesday night that he will sign with Auburn.

Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville took an in-home visit to see the Trinity Presbyterian star after Trott took an official visit to Auburn over the weekend.

Tommy Trott

Trott picked Auburn over Alabama, Miami and others. He was scheduled to visit Miami this weekend, but cancelled that visit.

"Coach Tuberville and the coaches were in the house tonight," he said. "I decided to go ahead and commit after talking to them.

"I am real excited about my decision," Trott added. "I think I picked the right place."

Trott, who said he was leaning to Auburn before and after his visit, said he reconsidered his decision when Alabama coaches visited him this week at his home. "It made me kind of rethink what I had been thinking all along," he said.

"When Coach Tuberville came in tonight everything was great," Trott added. "We sat around and talked just like normal guys. I was pretty sure that it was Auburn anyway, but tonight everything went so well that I decided to go ahead and commit."

Tommy Trott is a big target who runs well.

Trott added that he is relieved to finally make a decision and was exhausted on Wednesday night after being in the spotlight throughout his senior year as the state's most high-profile recruit.

The tight end said he plans to enroll at Auburn for summer classes to get a head start on the 2005 season.

Trott, a 6-4, 230-pounder, has been a four-year starter for Trinity. He was the Class 4A Back of the Year as a senior.

Trott caught 63 passes for 1,163 yardsand 17 touchdowns as a junior. He also competes on the baseball and basketball teams for the Wildcats. Trott's father Marvin played college football at Auburn. His grandfather (Bobby Barnes) played baseball and football at Alabama.

As a senior, Trott caught 49 passes for 944 yards with 13 touchdowns. He also rushed 10 times for 62 yards with four touchdowns. On defense, Trott recorded 51 tackles, two sacks, and one interception returned for a touchdown.

Trott, who was visited by Tuberville and a trio of assistant coaches including Joe Whitt, who recruits the Montgomery area for the Tigers, is the most high profile recruit to come out of Montgomery in recent years.

He was one of the most impressive prospects to attend any of Auburn's camps. Because he often lines up like a wide receiver to take advantage of his speed and excellent hands, he should be a good fit for Auburn's offensive system that likes to line up tight ends like wideouts. Offensive coordinator Al Borges is fond of using two tight end sets and even three tight end sets.


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