OL Could be Headed to UF

The University of Florida is after some in-state offensive line prospects like Miller, Tartt, Watkins and Rutledge. But there is one out of state OL that could be headed to Gainesville if all goes well on his official visit next month. His name is <B>Phil Trautwein</B> and he's from Berlin, New Jersey.

One of the top prospects from the east coast is Phil Trautwein from Voorhees (N.J.) Eastern High School. Trautwein, now 6-7 and 285 pounds, has not allowed a sack since his sophomore season. His football playing weight is 305-310 pounds and he averaged about 10 pancake blocks per game. This season Eastern High School won the Group IV State Championship in New Jersey. As far as recruiting is concerned, Trautwein has already taken four official visits.

"I have been to Tennessee, Boston College, Michigan State and Virginia," Trautwein said. "Tennessee has a great atmosphere, great players, a great stadium, a great campus, and a great coaching staff.

"BC is known for making OLs. Up here they call them "OL U". Boston College has great education and small classes and I like that. Plus, they are moving to the ACC.

"Michigan State is a nice campus and I love that coaching staff, especially coach Smith and their OL coach. And Michigan State is in the Big 10.

"Virginia is actually the closest schools to my house, closer than BC. They also have great academics and the school major I'm wanting to get plus the masters program. I want to be a teacher and get a master in mathematics. They are also a young and up and coming team."

Surprisingly, the big OL from New Jersey has always been a huge fan of the Gators and he will visit Florida (1-16) next month. How did that happen?

"I have an aunt that lives between Jacksonville and Gainesville. I also had two cousins that go to school there and one that is a student there now. I have been there for a game, (vs. Marshall) for summer camp (before his junior season) and bunch of other times. Florida is my dream school."

It almost came to pass that Florida didn't even recruit Trautwein this year. He didn't camp with Florida last summer and the coaches thought he wasn't interested in UF. "I think they took that that I wasn't interested plus Florida doesn't exactly recruit New Jersey. But my coach sent them my senior tape. Then, coach (Joe) Wickline came to see me at practice and said that coach Zook would be calling soon. Coach Zook then called and offered. That was about a month ago. Obviously, I was pretty excited and surprised because it was kind of late.

"If all goes well on the visit to Florida then I will probably commit to them. If not, it may be Michigan State or Virginia. The longer this lasts the harder it gets."

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