AUBURN, Ala. — Alabama and Auburn have been tied at top for Austin Troxell for quite some time now, and nothing has changed.
Troxell, a four-star offensive tackle from Madison (Ala.) Academy, visited Auburn on Saturday for Big Cat Weekend and the Tigers’ position with him didn’t change much.
“I wouldn’t say it’s different. It’s still 50-50 right now,” Troxell told SEC Country. “I love both schools. I’m still really torn on the decision. I really don’t know what I’m going to do. I really like both places, so it’s just going to be whatever fits me best.”
The 6-foot-7, 330-pounder will make a commitment before his senior season starts, and he’s still not any closer to making a decision.
Auburn didn’t pressure Troxell for a commitment Saturday. But when he did talk to Tigers coach Gus Malzahn, the message was clear.
“Every time I see (Malzahn), he’s constantly reminding me of the need for tackles,” Troxell said. “I got to see another side of all of the coaches. It wasn’t stressful today.”
The Under Armour All-American did have one serious conversation with Malzahn that could potentially affect his recruitment.
There’s no secret that Malzahn is on the hot seat this season. The elite recruit asked Malzahn about the upcoming year, but he knows the answer he gave him to the question is an obvious one.
“They’re not going to be like, ‘Yeah, we’re going to have an awful season and all get fired,’” Troxell said. “They’re confident they’re going to win a lot of games this year, and I see that because they’re a talented team.”
Troxell is rated as the nation’s No. 13 offensive tackle and the No. 1 player in the state of Alabama.
All rankings are provided by the 247Sports composite unless otherwise noted.
Chris Kirschner covers Alabama football recruiting for SECCountry.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play in Bryant-Denny.