The top 2019 football prospect from Lawrence County has made his decision.
Hatton’s Gage Saint has decided to commit to instate Troy after a visit to the Trojans this past week. Saint is a three-star lineman, who plays tackle at Hatton, but probably projects as a guard at the next level. He is the 43 ranked player out of the state of Alabama.
The visit to Troy confirmed to him that it was the right place for him.
“It’s a family atmosphere there,” Saint said. “I love coach (Chip) Lindsey and his staff, and just everything about it.”
Lindsey is taking over at Troy this year after spending the past two seasons as the offensive coordinator at Auburn. Before then, he served as OC at Southern Miss and Arizona State. Lindsey is an Alabama man who served as the head coach at Spain Park High School before making the jump to college.
Previous coach Neal Brown, now the head coach at West Virginia, brought Troy to national prominence at the group of five level.
“They’ve been very successful, defeating teams like LSU and Nebraska, some of the best schools in the country,” Saint said. “I think coach Lindsey can continue that success.”
This was not Saint’s first commitment, as he was prior committed to Arkansas State. However, after decommitting from the Wolves, he feels more at peace with this commitment.
“I feel like the commitment to ASU was a little rushed,” he said. “Something didn’t feel right about it and after visiting Troy and talking with my family, we agreed that it was the place for me.”
Despite the commitment, Saint says that his recruitment will remain open until he signs.
“I’m going to keep it open. You never know what might happen, a power five offer could come and that could change things. I’ve talked with Coach Lindsey and he understands.”
Despite keeping his recruitment open, Saint says it will not affect his play for Hatton this fall.
“I’m really focused on Hatton and helping my team make the playoffs,” he said. “I’m going to control what I can control.”