Tough Decision Coming For Two-Way Player

This two-way player from Montgomery talks about his visit to Auburn and the tough choice he has to make soon.

Montgomery, Ala.-–Not many people get to experience their ultimate dreams coming true, but for Trinity Presbyterian's Austin Hoyt this past weekend was just that. In for an official visit to check out the Tiger program, he says that he can't imagine anything any better after having a perfect weekend on the Plains.

"I'm still going to keep my options open, but on a scale of 1-10 the visit at Auburn was a ‘10'," Hoyt tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "It was just unbelievable. It was an unbelievable experience for me. I'm just privileged to be able to take the trip there. I had a great time. I got to talk to Coach Joe Whitt some and some of the other coaches. They made me feel at home. It was just a great experience for me and definitely a ‘10'.

"Growing up an Auburn fan Auburn football is great as it is, but just being able to visit is a dream come true. That's what it is exactly. Auburn is definitely up there. They are my number one right now. I just have to see the other schools and if anything happens with them."

Austin Hoyt is a player capable of playing a number of positions on the next level.

The other schools on Hoyt's list are Samford and Jacksonville State, Division 1-AA schools that he's waiting to offer scholarships. The 6-1, 180-pounder has been given a shot to walk-on at Auburn if he chooses to do so. That has him pondering a tough decision for down the road and he says he may not be able to make that call even on signing day.

"It might even be a little longer after signing day because I really don't know what Samford and Jacksonville State are going to do," Hoyt says. "They're talking about it and probably will offer, but it's just a matter of what. It has been a dream all my life to go to Auburn and play football.

"They said I could probably earn a scholarship and I think with my work ethic I would be able to grab that goal. It will be tough. Auburn would still be up there. I would probably still choose Auburn over those. I have to talk to my parents about the money situation, but if I could do anything about it then it would definitely be Auburn."

The best part of any visit for most players is the chance to spend time with current college football players and get some advice from them about how to handle the balance between playing football and college life. Hoyt says that his weekend was great as he got to see how several players were off the field and in their own environment.

"I think things went real well," Hoyt says. "It went real smooth. I had a good time. It was awesome. My host was Will Herring. He's a great guy. The coaches told me about him and I was pretty excited about getting to go out with the starting free safety for Auburn.

"I got to meet some of the other football players as well," he adds. "It was awesome. We had a good time. I saw Courtney Taylor and he was with Ishmael Grant. I got to hang out with him a little bit. We also hung out with Jake Slaughter. He was at Will's house Saturday night. We hung out with him some."

A fantastic 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 and could get a look at that on the college level. He's being recruited by Auburn as a defensive back.

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