The Badgers already have grabbed a verbal commitment from Hartland Arrowhead (Wis.) lineman George Panos, and the UW staff has started to evaluate Lancaster (OH) offensive tackle Kyle Trout. At 6-6 and 280 pounds, Trout's recruitment has just started to pick up after Toledo extended him his first offer.
"Well I called (special teams coordinator) Stan Watson, my recruiting coach at Toledo, to ask him a question about me playing multiple sports and if that's fine," Trout told Badger Nation. "Besides playing football I also play basketball and I compete in discuss. Watson told me he loves it because it ties into my position with football. After he answered my question, he offered me a scholarship to Toledo."
"Coach Azzanni and (defensive coordinator) Chris Ash have both been to my school twice now to see me," Trout said. "I've mainly talked with coach Azzanni on the phone. I recently asked coach Azzanni the same question I asked coach Watson about me playing multiple sports for my high school.
"Like coach Watson, I received a positive answer from Azzanni. Azzanni told me that he wanted me to keep playing multiple sports because it helps with my footwork and it keeps me in shape. We've (also) talked a little bit about what I can improve on as well. I call him every once in a while."
Trout will be busy this coming summer trying to earn other scholarship offers along with improving his game on the football field. He will be attending football camps at Cincinnati, Illinois, Louisville, Ohio, Ohio State and a one-day camp at Wisconsin in June.
"When I attend those camps I'm trying to work on getting stronger and a lot faster," Trout said. "I want to improve my speed so I can use it to my advantage on the field because the game is changing. I'm starting to see quicker lineman so it's starting to become important for me to try and improve my speed."
When Trout comes to Wisconsin for the football camp in June, it will be the first time he will be visiting Wisconsin – a visit he is looking forward to.
"I'll only be at the camp for one day but I'll stay over night in Madison because I want to get a look at the campus and see Madison," Trout said.
Even with an offer from Toledo on the board, it's hard for Trout to tell whether or not he's close to receiving another offer from one of the schools that's showing interest in him.
"It's hard to tell because Wisconsin and Ohio State both have been to my school twice now," Trout said. "So I know there is some interest from both of them but it's hard to tell sometimes. I know if I keep working hard eventually I'll see more offers come my way."