Trout Becoming Top 2014 Propsect

Kyle Trout is starting to turn heads in the class of 2014. The offensive tackle from Lancaster, Ohio, has picked up one Big Ten offer while also camping at conference powers Wisconsin and Ohio State. He talks about the local power and more in this update.

June was a big month for 2014 offensive tackle prospect Kyle Trout of Lancaster, Ohio.

Not only did the 6-6, 280-pounder camp at Wisconsin and Ohio State, he picked up his first Big Ten offer from Illinois.

"That was awesome," he told while serving as an instructor at the Brian Sampson Memorial camp in Lancaster put on by former Buckeye lineman Jimmy Cordle. "I was actually on the way home from the Wisconsin camp when I just stopped in to say hi. We ended up staying there for five hours and they offered, and I was ecstatic. It was hard to keep my composure in front of all the coaches."

The offer put out by the staff of new head coach Tim Beckman joined offers from Bowling Green, Toledo, Cincinnati and Ohio, showing that the prospect is starting to make waves in recruiting circles.

Trout was not offered by Ohio State when taking in its June 23 camp, but he continues to be on the team's radar.

"I've called them a few times (since camp)," he said. "They invited me to come back and said they're going to come watch a lot of my games because it's really close, which is good, especially because they'll be coming to watch the team and not just me. Hopefully it'll get some of my teammates exposed so they can go somewhere in college, too.

"I've always been a fan of Ohio State, but my dad has always taught me when I get offers and when I start picking schools not to let my fan side get in the way of what's best for me."

Trout's trips around Big Ten country this summer have helped raise his stock, and he's excited to see what is becoming of his recruiting process.

"It was really great getting to go different places, and I spent of a lot of time with my dad," he said. "He helps me all the time, just giving me tips. He spends hours and hours reading things about how to get recruited better. He helps me, so I give a lot of credit to my dad. I probably wouldn't be where I am right now if it wasn't for him. To be able to go meet all the different coaches and make friends, it's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. It's really cool."

Lancaster has become quite proficient at pumping out Division I talent over the years. Both Cordle and linebacker Bobby Carpenter, who also went to Ohio State, are in the NFL, while Luke Roberts is a true freshman linebacker at Ohio State and Bobby's brother Nathan plays at OU.

Going further back, legendary Ohio State quarterback Rex Kern suited up for the Golden Gales, as did Rob Carpenter, the father of Bobby and Nathan and the current Lancaster High School head coach who ran for more than 4,000 yards in a 10-year career.

Trout hopes to be the next player from Lancaster to make it big on the gridiron, and he has plenty of inspirations in those who came before.

"It's really awesome that (Cordle) went to Lancaster and now he's successful in the NFL," Trout said. "I'm really proud of him, and hopefully I'll be able to follow in his footsteps and make it to the NFL.

"It's always been my dream to play in the NFL. I never really knew it could become a reality until I started getting offers so early, and then I was like I know I have what it takes if I just keep working hard.

Trout also said he was having fun working the camp, which is named after a former Lancaster assistant coach who passed away in 2010 after a battle with cancer.

"I have a few kids in my group that have never played football," he said. "It's nice that they can come out and learn fundamentals and have a fun time at the camp. I think it's really cool."

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