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If there’s anyone you’d probably rather have lined up next to you rather than across from you at the line of scrimmage, it’s Trevor Trout.
Standing at 6-feet-4 and 295 pounds, the defensive tackle out of Chaminade College Prep in Creve Coeur, Missouri, holds over 20 scholarship offers, and it isn’t difficult to see why, based on his frame alone.
One of those schools is Tennessee.
“They’re a historic SEC power,” Trout told InsideTennessee. “I like what (Tennessee coach) Butch (Jones) is trying to do with the program. They have a pretty decent set of D-line coaches, especially the assistant coach—coach (Nathan) Ollie. He’s a good guy, well-rounded.”
For the St. Louis native, the productivity of the Orange & White’s defensive linemen over the past few years managed to leave an impression on Trout. It’s no surprise that NFL-bound defensive end Derek Barnett, who surpassed Reggie White for the most career sacks (33) in Volunteer history, stands out to the Scout 300 member.
“They’ve got a lot of good young players,” the Scout four-star prospect said. “I’ve been seeing them have successful seasons.”
Trout not only possesses great size and strength, which often demands double-teaming, but also quickness off the ball.
Although the nation’s No. 7-ranked defensive tackle has not yet made his way to Knoxville, plans to do so are in the works.
“Hopefully, yes,” he said when asked if a visit to Big Orange Country was on the schedule. “I’m hoping so, but I haven’t really planned any visits so far (this year).”
Last year, Trout made his way to several other schools, including Missouri as well as a camp at Ohio State. This upcoming summer is likely to consist of several camps, too.
“I’m going to do doing a lot of circuit camps,” said Trout, mentioning Tennessee as one of the possibilities.
“It’s really good to take a look at (schools) and now it’s about that time.”
From N.C. State to Southern California, the No. 2 defensive tackle in Missouri holds offers from across the nation. However, the interior defender doesn't have a league preference.
“(The SEC) is a power conference, but the conference I play in won’t determine what school I go to,” Trout said. “It’s going to be about the feel and the coaches.”
Trout has no list of top schools so far.
“I probably won't till after the season.”