No. 23 OT, four stars
Committed on Feb. 10, 2013
Ohio State Bio:
Trout's Story: With his size and athleticism, Trout didn't take long to lure college recruiters to Lancaster, a program that has had its share of success over the past decade when it comes to sending high-level prospects into college football.
A physically imposing lineman, Trout had completed just two years of high school football when his first offer arrived in the form of a scholarship to play at Toledo. He then hit the camp circuit over the summer before his junior season, attending camps at BCS-level schools like OSU, Wisconsin and Illinois.
His OSU visit took place in mid-June, and the self-described Buckeye fan left Columbus – just an hour away from his hometown – feeling as though things went well.
"I did really well. Obviously there are things I could improve on but I feel like what I knew how to do I did really well," he said. "I talked to pretty much all of the coaches. They said that I was one of the top two linemen that were there today and I did really well. And there were some things that I did really nicely, and then other things that I didn't do bad, I just looked raw and needed to work on."
His first Big Ten offer came from Illinois, and Michigan State followed in September when he visited East Lansing for a Spartans game. Schools like Indiana and West Virginia followed, but he also made sure to check out Ohio State games during the undefeated 2012 season vs. UCF and Michigan.
"The game was pretty cool. Very loud and intense but very cold," he said after the latter visit. "The atmosphere was great. There were so many people. It was definitely the most hype and loudest I've been to before."
His recruiting then took a major turn in January when late in the month, Ohio State offered him a scholarship based on his standout junior season. He received the offer while at the school on an unofficial visit.
Trout took some time to mull over the offer, but it didn't take him long to pull the trigger and commit, doing so in early February.
He continued to test himself against the best, though, working out at the Columbus NFTC event and telling Scout that he wanted to become a recruit who worked to bring other top talent to Columbus.
"The camp visits are to get more comfortable because I'll be living here, but it's also to be a recruiter," he addressed. "I feel like my job right now is recruiting. My first job is to play well but also to help get the guys we need and when we're up here for good, it will be to play our best. We're just trying to recruit and when we get up here we'll handle our business on the field. To be successful we want the top class in the nation and that's our goal. I told Coach (Urban) Meyer on day 1 when I was in his office that I want to get the number one class in the nation so that's what I'm trying to do."
He returned to Columbus in June to work out at a summer camp, even finishing first among offensive linemen in the "Smokehouse" 40-yard dash competition. Trout then headed out to Oregon to take part in The Opening camp before racking up a number of honors during his senior season.
Early Impact: Ohio State obviously needs to replace four offensive linemen in the starting lineup for 2014, and there will be one tackle spot available. It would be a lot to ask of Trout to take over, but the Buckeyes don't have many people with experience vying to start at the spot along with Taylor Decker. Going through spring football will give Trout a chance to impress early, even though offensive line coach Ed Warinner said he prefers to redshirt players at the position. Any depth is good depth, though, in the spring as the Buckeyes will be short on numbers.
Expert Take: "The Buckeyes pledge has a big frame that will allow him to play at 300-pounds early in his career. Strong run blocker who must continue work on pass-pro to become a complete player, Trout should help Ohio State early in his career as a tackle or guard." – Dave Berk