Four-star sophomore defensive tackle prospect Trevor Trout was already a University of Missouri recruiting target well before visiting the campus for Junior Day last weekend, but he got to know much more about the program on his visit.
The highlight, the Class of 2018 prospect from Chaminade College Prep in suburban St. Louis said, was meeting the Tigers’ new coaching staff — including head coach Barry Odom, new defensive coordinator DeMontie Cross and new defensive line coach Jackie Shipp.
“I met Coach Shipp. He’s a pretty funny guy,” Trout told BlackandGoldIllustrated.com. “I met the new defensive coordinator who is a St. Louis guy, Coach Cross. And I got to meet Coach Odom for the first time.”
Spending time with Cross was particularly meaningful for Trout.
Cross is a St. Louis native who attended Hazelwood East High School before continuing his career at Missouri.
“He’s a funny and honest guy,” Trout said. “He’s relatable because he’s from where I’m at, the North County area of St. Louis. I liked him a lot. He kept it honest. He didn’t just tell me what I wanted to hear.”
Trout heard plenty about how much of a priority recruit he is for the Tigers. That was part of the takeaway for the standout sophomore.
“I know the staff better,” Trout said. “I know the facilities better. I know a lot of kids that go there. I’m been working out with them since sixth grade — the Cam Hiltons, the Alec Abelns of the world and all those kids. I’ve known them forever. Even though they are a D-line factory I kind of was skeptical of it because Coach Kul (Craig Kuligowski) left. … They brought in another D-line coach.
“Mizzou showed me, they were like, OK, there’s a lot of kids that we want, you’re a kid that we need,” Trout added. “I was taking that into consideration. Do they tell every recruit that? I thought about it. Then they told me, you understand that if you go to school here than everyone else from where you live will want to go to school here to play. I didn’t really think about that, but, not to be on a high horse, that’s actually kind of true.”
Trout is one of a couple sophomores from the St. Louis area who already hold Division I offers.
Missouri has extended scholarship offers to all four players and all four were on campus for Junior Day. The Tigers will have plenty of work to do to get signatures from all four in February of their senior years, which is still two years away.
The Cornhuskers were the latest to offer. Trout said he found out from his high school coach after getting out of a class, but the reality of the situation didn’t sink in until later on for him.
“After a while I was like, I just got an offer from the University of Nebraska. That’s pretty cool,” he said. “This is actually a Big Ten power.”
Trout will be checking out another one of the Big Ten Conference schools to offer him this weekend.
“I haven’t planned any other Junior Days,” he said. “I’m going to go to the Iowa one this week. I would’ve went to the Indiana one. Iowa offered me earlier than Indiana had and I hadn’t had a chance to go up there yet, so to be fair I’ll go check them out first before I check out Indiana.”
Trout noted that three of his four early scholarship offers have come from the Big Ten. He said he’s hoping that another Big Ten school, Ohio State, will offer him at some point.
But for now Trout is happy with his current offers and working hard to garner more. His most recent visit to his home-state school went well and now he has a better understanding of how much the Tigers want him to continue his career there.