’18 DT drawing Irish attention

Several programs have spent spring getting to know Trevor Trout, a four-star defensive tackle in the Class of 2018. Notre Dame counts itself in that group with defensive line coach Keith Gilmore keeping tabs.

Trevor Trout is taking stock of his spring as the evaluation period begins to wind down.

Dozens of coaches have been through Chaminade College Prep in St. Louis to check on Trout, a four-star defensive tackle in the Class of 2018. There’s been enough going on to keep recruiting at the forefront of Trout’s mind without overwhelming, which is about where he likes it. 

“It's not busy to where it stops everything but it seems like there’s coaches coming through the school every day to see me,” Trout said. “I’ll get a call from my coach that somebody is there, go down and shake his hand then go right back to class.”

Ohio State, Illinois, TCU, Missouri, Iowa, Michigan State and Nebraska are just some of the programs that have been through recently.

Trout is up to six scholarship offers: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska and Texas A&M. Others could be on the verge with Notre Dame, Ohio State, Michigan State and Wisconsin among those showing interest.

Irish defensive line coach Keith Gilmore has been in contact with the 6-foot-4, 295-pound prospect.

“They really like my film,” Trout said. “That’s what they told me. I call them and we talk about life. I’m just getting to know coach Gilmore. He’s a pretty decent guy.”

Notre Dame is a program familiar to Trout. Coaches have recruited Chaminade Prep before, most recently for cornerback Roderick Campbell, a Northwestern signee.

“They’re a historical program with a lot of tradition behind them,” Trout said. “They always produce great football players.”

Right now Trout is still sorting out summer visit plans and whether Notre Dame will make that list. Ohio State will host him for one-day camp and Nebraska is likely to get a visit, among other stops.

Trout wants to use the summer camp circuit as a chance to validate current offers or pull in a few more by showing improvement since the end of last season.

“I wanna show them that whatever task I’m given, I do exactly what I’m asked and do it the way they want me to,” Trout said. “If they want me to stay in the gaps, I stay in the gaps. If they want me to rush the passer, I’ll rush the passer. If they want me to stop the run, I’ll stop the run.” Top Stories