As Nebraska transitions to a 3-4 defense in 2017, defensive line recruiting will be an interesting storyline. Will the Huskers' recruit a different style of player?
One of the earliest d-lineamn to receive a Nebraska offer in the 2018 class was St. Louis (Missouri) Chaminade College Prep four-star talent Trevor Trout.
Here is a look.
LOWDOWN: The Missouri Coaches All-State defensive tackle is an early Scout.com Top 100 player and has become a national recruit at this point and a big target for Nebraska.
While so much attention was put on the Calibraska movement in 2016 by fans, Nebraska continued to stay strong in the 500-mile radius, with five commitments. Head coach Mike Riley wants the trend to continue.
“We’ve already earmarked some pretty good players there, so I want to follow through on that,” Riley told reporters, including the Omaha World Herald. “This is all reachable. These folks can drive here. Initially, I kind of want to start this thing from the inside out. We will know about our guys that we’re going to go after. We already have offered lots of guys out there.”
St. Louis has an unusual amount of top-tier talent in the 2018 class and Trout ranks right towards the top of the list.
2018 STATS: 60 total tackles and four sacks in nine games.
QUOTE: "I just want to get a degree and be around people who care about me," Trout told Scout.com.
OFFERS: 15+, including Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas A&M, UCLA, Iowa, Nebraska and Missouri.
NATIONAL ANALYSIS: "Trout is a tank in the middle of his defense. He is the type of prospect in the middle who will command a double team and once he is established into a gap he will not be moved. He has a pretty quick first step for a big guy and is very strong. He is at his best when he is blowing up blocks and helping to control the opponents run game. As he grows and matures and gains more natural strength he is definitely a guy who can take on and defeat double-teams. He is a defensive tackle who can move around the line of scrimmage and help be a disruptive force on the inside and collapse the pocket." - Greg Powers
WHERE THE HUSKERS STAND: Trout didn't make it to a Nebraska contest in the fall, but did visit Lincoln during the Friday Night Lights series in June. Nebraska staff member Kenny Wilhite also visited Trout's school in January on a St. Louis swing. Trout isn't one to talk much unless you catch him in person. In late October, he did tell Scout Nebraska was one of three schools recruiting him the hardest. Two years ago Nebraska landed defensive lineman Carlos and Khalil Davis out of Missouri, beating out Missouri for the twins. The two could be in a battle again down the road for Trout.