Troy head coach Chip Lindsey and his assistants are compiling commitments towards the 2020 signing class this summer.
On Wednesday, Hatton High offensive lineman Gage Saint added to the haul with his verbal commitment to be a Trojan. Saint, a 6-4, 291-pounder from Town Creek, became the 10 th player to commit to Troy for 2020.
Tuesday, Marietta (Ga.) running back Kimani Vidal committed to Troy over Miami of Ohio and Western Kentucky.
“It was really the coaches, the people around there,” Vidal said in a telephone interview. “It was closer to home than the other two.”
Vidal, like a number of his future classmates, said making his decision before his senior season at Marietta High began was important to him.
“I didn’t want to be going through the season still dealing with my recruitment,” Vidal said. “I wanted to get it settled.”
Other recent commitments Deyunkrea Lewis, a wide receiver/tight end from Robert E. Lee High in Montgomery, and Stanhope Elmore defensive tackle Theodore Jackson Jr., agreed that it’s better to have the process over in the summer.
“I wanted to get the recruitment out of the way so I could go on and help my team win,” Jackson said, adding that his trip to Troy’s Junior Day this spring was impressive.
“It felt like home,” the 6-foot-2, 285-pound Jackson said, adding he was recruited by Troy defensive line coach Davern Williams. “I see myself playing there. Plus, coach Williams played in the League.”
Lewis, a 6-3, 203-pound receiver, said Trojan coaches made him feel wanted.
“They called me almost every day,” Lewis said. “I picked Troy because it’s a great fit for me and for the way they recruited me.”
The Trojans’ committed class keep in touch via a group text, Vidal said. As the commitments have grown, the list gets bigger.
“They all texted me congrats,” Jackson said after his announcement.
“We’ve been talking together,” Vidal said.
Other players who have committed to Troy so far include quarterback Kyle Toole from Leesburg, Ga., center Logan Self of Trussville, offensive lineman Derrick Graham of Minneola, Fla., linebacker Navy Harris of Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College, cornerback Josh Brown of Valdosta, Ga., and defensive end Quincey Miller of Mableton, Ga.
New turf installation underway: Installation has begun on a new field surface at Veterans Memorial Stadium. It will be ready for the 2019 season.
Troy is installing Matrix Helix Realfill, which mimics individual blades of grass tufted into a stronger, more stable backing system. The turf is then filled with pea gravel and rubber infill to provide the Realfill cushioning.
The new turf is being manufactured and installed by Hellas Construction of Austin, Texas. Hellas also does turf projects for the Los Angeles Rams, Dallas Cowboys, Los Angeles Chargers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Houston Texans, Miami Dolphins and Oakland Raiders.
It is the first new surface at The Vet since the current turf was installed before the 2012 season. The project should be complete by Aug. 1.
The field will also include Troy’s Power T logo at midfield and will have alternating shades of green every five yards. The end zones will be cardinal with “TROY” in the north end zone and “TROJANS” in the south end zone.