With the Big Ten Championship on the horizon, the Badgers are taking advantage of their success and have been hitting the Midwest hard. Lancaster (OH.) junior offensive tackle Kyle Trout has been making headlines for his play and his offer total (nearing double digits), but it hasn't look like that attention will cease anytime soon.
"My recruitment has really picked up since I got my junior highlight film out," Trout told Badger Nation. "I just picked up an offer from West Virginia and have been hearing more and more from Wisconsin, Ohio State, Oregon and Michigan. I have offers from Michigan State, Ohio, Cincinnati, Toledo, Bowling Green, Indiana, Illinois, Pittsburgh and West Virginia. I still need to make a lot more visits before I can narrow it down."
Wisconsin has always made recruiting the Midwest its top priority in recruiting and getting players that fit the program's mold. Offensive line coach Bart Miller and wide receivers coach Zach Azzanni have doubled on Trout's recruitment and the pair seems to have made good inroads so far.
"My recruiter is Coach Azzanni and we have a pretty good relationship," said Trout, a four-star athlete ranked the 16th-best offensive tackle in the 2014 class by Scout.com. "He likes that I play basketball and track and wants to come watch a basketball game. Two weeks ago Coach Z stopped in to check on me and we talked for a while. A week ago I called Coach Miller and he said that they are very interested and they will offer me when I get to know them more. They also want me to go a bowl practice, too.
"I know that they are a pipeline school by sending offensive linemen to the NFL. They are a successful program with great goals and good chances at achieving them. I like that they are fairly close to my home and is a successful football team."
Even with three Big Ten offers and two Big East offers, Trout knows the impact of what a Wisconsin offer would mean.
"That would be my biggest offer so far and that would really mean a lot to me," Trout said. "It would open up many more doors."
However, the 6-6 290 linemen grew up in the Buckeye State and favored them Ohio State growing up, but is that still the case? As far as visits have gone, what is next on the dish for Trout?
"Ohio State was my favorite team growing up because we live in Ohio, but now I don't really have a favorite," said Trout. "I just love to watch college football. I also have taken a few visits to Ohio State and one to West Virginia, Cincinnati and Ohio. I probably won't take anymore visits for this season."
Many haven't seen what Trout has to offer with his team under performing, but he feels he would bring a lot because of all he has in his game.
"Well, this season the team was 3-7, so that wasn't good," said Trout. "I didn't let that discourage me. I have always played with intensity and drive that my coaches asked for. I need to work on things, though. I need to work on staying low when I'm tired and my strength a bit, but my ability to lock onto defenders and plant them has improved. My balance, stamina, quickness and speed has also improved. I focus on speed and agility and being able to lock onto people down the field. My conditioning is good, so I can go the whole game and still have enough for overtime."