Whether it’s Jarrett Guarantano, Hunter Johnson or whomever quarterbacking future Tennessee offenses, the Volunteers will need talented offensive linemen to give playmakers time to move the football downfield.
Austin Troxell may be the most promising offensive tackle in the Yellowhammer State’s 2017 class.
Southeastern Conference programs in Troxell’s home state have already taken notice. Tennessee coaches know about the Madison Academy standout but have not yet turned up their recruitment.
“I think they’re rebuilding,” Troxell said. “I guess you could say that. I think they’re heading in the right direction. If they come calling, I’m open to them.”
The Scout four-star prospect from the 2017 class played tackle as a sophomore with just one game spent at tight end, which is the position he held down as a freshman with the Mustangs. He uses his length and athleticism during the winter on the Madison Academy basketball team.
“I need to keep my hips parallel to the line of scrimmage and use my hands a little bit more,” Troxell said.
The Madison, Alabama, native grew up a fan of Alabama and getting the offer from coach Nick Saban and his staff allowed Troxell to cross off part of his bucket list.
“It was my goal. I felt really accomplished for myself but I’ve got to keep working.”
Troxell said he plans to consider the likes of the Volunteers and other programs before reaching a final decision.
The 6-foot-6 1/2, 272 pounder looks up to Atlanta Falcons tackle Jake Matthews: “I try to model my game after him.”
The blocker for the 2014 AHSAA Class 3A state champions plans to continue playing basketball for Madison Academy.