Trevor Trout, a 6-foot-4, 319-pounder from St. Louis (Mo.) Chaminade Prep is already rated as one of the top defensive tackles in the nation and has offers from schools like Arizona State, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas State, Kentucky, Louisville, LSU, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Penn State, Tennessee, Texas, Texas A&M, UCLA, and USC.
"I am going to be a 3-tech or a 0/1-tech," Trout said when assessing his skill set. "I think my biggest strength is being able to stop the run. I am student of the game. I check formations from the line of scrimmage and know how to play it when I see it.
I could get better at rushing the passer, but I feel like I do a pretty good job of closing the pocket."
Trout admits that he has been on a number of unofficial visits throughout his recruitment, so he recapped some of the standout visits he has been on most recently.
"I have visited a lot of schools," Trout admitted. "The most recent major one was the big Mizzou deal. It was different because we got to see parts of the school that we usually don’t see when we visit up there, and we got to actually get to get a feel for the coaching staff and the players. And because it was around my friends it made it a little bit better.
My second favorite visit easily was Nebraska. It was just very comfortable. The community was great. The coaching staff was awesome. They are changing their defense and I don’t know where exactly I stand still, but that was a visit I really liked."
What school does Trout have circled on his must see list?
"USC," Trout answered. "I have never bee to California my entire life. I will probably take an official visit there. It is an historic program, great academic school. That’s USC. I really like the USC defensive line coach (Kenechi Udeze)."
Trout has a tentative plan in place for how his recruitment will play out, but it is not set in stone.
"I am going to cut my list to probably a Top 10 in the summer and then cut it again with my official visits," Trout informed. "As of right now I am taking it to signing day, as of right now."