Panthers Offer Kicker

This year the University of Pittsburgh coaching staff have been involved with a large number of prospects with family ties to the University.

John Brown and John Pelusi were offered scholarships; their fathers were former Panthers. Brown has since committed to Pittsburgh. Mitch Morsillo whose father Jim donned the Panther uniform in the late 70's was receiving some look's from the staff. Zack Anderson has been offered fans remember his brother Bryan. Shane Steffy attended camp at Pitt; his brother Charles was a walk-on defensive tackle. Now the Panthers have offered the son of a former Pitt kicker.

David Trout was the kicker for the Panthers from 1977-1980. That time period was one of the most successful eras in Panther football history. Trout went on to play in the NFL including a stint with the Pittsburgh Steelers. David is now a businessman, but he has a son who has a handful of D-1 scholarships including one from his father's alma mater.

Kicker/punter Merf Trout (6-0, 185, 4.5) who gets his kicks at Gloucester Catholic (NJ) high school has offers from Pittsburgh, Louisville, Wisconsin, and Hofstra. Merf and his father were in town for the Pittsburgh-Nebraska game, so what did he think about Pitt?

"Heinz Field and the UPMC Complex were awesome. The program doesn't seem to be as strong as it once was which is disappointing, but they have a young team which I like," said Trout

Does Pittsburgh hold an advantage since his father played there?

"I wouldn't mind it there, especially because my dad was there."

Trout defies the normal stigma that is given to kickers. He can run a 4.5 forty, bench press 340 pounds, and squat 580 pounds. He plays RB on offense; on defense he plays CB, S, and LB. But he doesn't stop there he also returns kicks and punts.

"I like to be considered an athlete, a lot of people don't consider kickers as athlete's."

In 2004 Trout hasn't attempted a field goal, as of yet, he is 25/25 on PAT's, he's recorded 16 touchbacks, and has scored 8 TD's as a RB. Tout currently leads South New Jersey with 68 points scored thru 3 games.

As a junior Trout was 3/3 on FG attempts including kicks of 53 and 48 yards, he was 35/35 on PAT's, he recorded 12 touchbacks, scored 6 rushing touchdowns, and 1 receiving touchdown.

This is his first year at Gloucester Catholic, previously Trout played at Winslow Township high school.

Post season honors have been plentiful for Trout he is a 3-time All-Conference selection as a kicker/punter, he has been named All-South Jersey the past two seasons, and this year he was selected to the pre-season All-State team.

Trout currently lists Louisville, Wisconsin, Pittsburgh, Tennessee, and West Virginia as his favorites. He has not set any official visits but is hopeful of attending games at Wisconsin and possibly Nebraska in the near future.

Schools that have called besides the offering schools include Notre Dame, Akron, Kent State, Penn State, and Tennessee. Trout attended camp at Penn State earlier in the summer.

Panther More Top Stories