Austin Troxell is truly torn on where he wants to play college football, but either Alabama or Auburn is his likely destination.
Troxell, a four-star offensive tackle from Madison (Ala.) Academy, told SEC Country that after visiting Alabama this past weekend for A-Day, he’s still 50-50 on the Crimson Tide and the Tigers.
“I went down to Auburn the week before and had a great visit there, too,” Troxell said. “I would still say it’s 50-50 right now. I think both visits were equal.”
The 6-foot-7, 325-pounder said both Alabama and Auburn stressed a need for offensive tackles on his recent trips to both schools.
At Alabama this past Saturday, the coaching staff, like it has done in the past several times, tried to get him to commit. Troxell tends to nervously laugh when the coaching staff brings this up because he isn’t ready to make a decision.
“It’s really awkward. They try to sneak it into random sentences,” Troxell laughed. “I don’t even know what to say back when that happens. I usually just laugh and they laugh, too.”
Troxell wasn’t the only recruit Alabama was pushing for this past weekend. The offensive tackle said the staff was trying to get four-star linebacker Will Ignont (New Market, Ala.) on board, too. Troxell and the top-five linebacker have been friends for years now and played on the same AAU basketball team back in middle school.
“They told me that they are trying to get more in-state kids,” Troxell said of Alabama’s message to him. “Will Ignont and I are pretty close friends, and they were pushing on us pretty hard.”
If you missed SEC Country’s story on Ignont earlier this week, the Buckhorn High School star said his trip to Alabama for A-Day made him rethink his top 10 that he recently released. He also said he has made a silent commitment to a school, though he did not name which coaching staff he gave the good news to.
For Troxell, a commitment could come at any time. He said he doesn’t need to see anything at Alabama and Auburn for him to push him toward one school. He’s waiting on that feeling that will tell him which school he should choose.
He has no future visits planned to either school at this time.
Troxell is rated as the nation’s No. 16 offensive tackle and is the No. 3 prospect 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.