Trout gives the latest
Junior offensive tackle Kyle Trout of Lancaster (Ohio) was slated to visit Notre Dame last weekend for his first look at campus, but it didn't happen. "I was going to visit, but I didn't want to miss basketball practice." Trout said. "I might try to still get up there this spring. I'm going to Ohio State tomorrow, but I'm not sure what other places I'll visit yet." The 6-foot-6, 280-pound Lancaster standout doesn't tout an offer from the Irish yet, but he hopes that will soon change. "I'm supposed to call [Notre Dame defensive line coach] Elston today, actually," Trout said. "An offer might happen soon, I'm not sure. The reason they haven't offered me yet is because they want me to get to campus and check out what's it's all about. I like Coach Elston. He is very serious about me coming to campus and meeting the coaches. He was really upset when I told him I couldn't come last weekend." Trout says he likes Notre Dame because the Irish can offer something that's high on his priority list. "I like Notre Dame for the most obvious reason that they were in the national championship, and they win a lot," Trout said. "I've been pushing that fact as an emphasis. At my high school, we've gone 5-5 and 3-7 the past two seasons. I hate to lose, so I'll be looking at a school that wins a lot." Another school that boasts a winning tradition is Ohio State. The Buckeyes offered Trout in January, and the high interest Ohio State is showing in Trout hasn't gone unnoticed. "You could say Ohio State has a little bit of a lead," he said. "They have a good education and they're close to home. My old teammate, Luke Roberts, plays at Ohio State and I could play two years with him there. Ohio State also has ‘Athletes in Action,' and I like that because I'm a man of faith." In fact, Trout's discovering it's harder than he thought to disregard childhood dreams. "I've been trying to throw the fandom out the window, but I grew up an Ohio State fan as a kid, so getting that offer was a dream come true. As a kid, I always envisioned playing for Ohio State." After the Buckeyes extended an offer, head coach Urban Meyer had some advice for the talented offensive tackle. "When Ohio State offered, Coach Meyer asked if I could commit on the spot," Trout said. "I told him that I couldn't because I wanted to keep looking around. Meyer told me, ‘Ok, but don't make it hard. Go visit all the elite schools soon and compare them to Ohio State.'" In addition to a place where winning is the norm instead of the exception, Trout says he'll be looking at the rapport he develops with the coaching staff, as well as location as criteria that will contribute to his ultimate decision. "Whatever coaches can prepare me most for the NFL will be important," Trout said. "The NFL is my ultimate goal. Location won't be a deciding factor, but it will play a role. My dad has been having some health problems, and my grandparents are getting older, so if there are two schools I like equally, but one is closer to home, I may chose that one." Trout says he's unsure when he'll pull the trigger on a commitment. "I don't have a timetable right now," he said. "I just want to keep building relationships with the coaches because I'm going to be at a school for four or five years. Last fall, I wanted to go ahead a commit and get it out of the way, but I may wait to see what other offers I get." Asked if a commitment would be possible during his visit to Ohio State tomorrow, he responded, "I'm not sure." Trout is a four-star prospect and rated as the No. 16 offensive tackle in the 2014 class. He plans to be an early graduate and enroll in college in January.
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