Michael Trotter Gets UW offer

Already holding scholarship offers from Central Michigan, Illinois State, North Dakota, Northern Iowa and Western Michigan, Milwaukee Marquette safety Michael Trotter came to Wisconsin's three-day camp hoping to open some eyes. After a successful camp, Trotter impressed UW coaches enough to earn a scholarship.

MADISON - After sitting down and discussing, the Wisconsin coaching staff, originally to hold off offering any scholarships until they could evaluate players in both camps, decided Milwaukee Marquette safety Michael Trotter was too good to wait on.

Late Tuesday night, the UW coaching staff offered the 6-foot-1, 200-pound athlete, giving him his sixth scholarship offer. Wednesday morning, Trotter caught up with Badger Nation to talk about the camp and the offer.

Badger Nation: Talking to some people at the camp, they said that they weren't going to offer any scholarships until after next camp. However, after sitting down and discussing, they said you were too impressive not to offer. How does that make you feel?

Michael Trotter: That was really exciting when they told me that. I talked to them late last night and they said that they were going to offer me. This is my biggest offer and I am really excited about it. I am psyched that it came so quickly.

BN: Can you talk about how the camp went? It obviously went pretty well if you came away with an offer, but can you talk about what you think you did well to warrant you getting that scholarship?

Trotter: Going to the camp, I knew that I had a lot to prove and I think that I did a pretty good job of that. I talked a lot with Coach Cooks, the DB coach, and the one thing he said was that I did a lot of good things, and I have a lot of things to work on. I really think I shined at the camp with what the coaches told me to do, but I did see that I have some things to work on, which is going to make me work even harder. During the 7-on-7, I wasn't leading the receivers and the quarterbacks as well as I thought I should. That's just one thing I know that I need to improve on. Other than that, I was thrilled with how I performed in the one-on-one and that they pulled the trigger.

BN: What kind of stats did you put up your junior year at Milwaukee Marquette?

Trotter: Honestly, I do not know. The coaches usually count my stats but they didn't this year for whatever reason. I know I had one interception, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and a lot of tackles. I don't know specifically.

BN: Are you looking at being a safety at the next level? I know some schools are looking as you as a linebacker, but is safety the position you think you are going to be playing at the next level?

Trotter: I am hoping I can play safety. One thing last year was that my Marquette coach came up to me and told me was that I was going to play safety, and I had never played the position. So I am still learning a lot about the game around the position. It's a position that I have been working on a lot and I love the position. I feel that I can cover well deep. A lot of colleges are trying to figure out how to use me in coverage because I can play both positions. I've been working hard on my one-on-one coverage and my zone coverage to help me compete on the next level. I know some coaches doubt me, but that just motivates me in the long run.

BN: How excited was your twin brother, Marcus, about you getting the scholarship offer? It's a goal of you guys to play football together at the next level at the same school. Was he excited and is he more motivated to get that UW offer?

Trotter: He is very excited for me. Obviously, he's a little disappointed he didn't get offered, but he's one of the hardest working people I know. I think he deserved multiple offers right now and I am shocked that schools haven't really jumped on him. We're both really excited about the situation and I hope more schools will offer him because he's one of the strongest, quickest linebackers out there. I know for a fact that a lot of coaches at the Wisconsin camp watched him and thought that they had a great camp, but UW only has one spot available for the middle linebacker position. He's excited about it for me and he's a little frustrated, but that's going to make him work even harder.

BN: With the Wisconsin offer, are you still planning on going to a bunch of camps this summer?

Trotter: Yes sir, we will be going to other camps. There's no reason why not to check out other schools and see what they have to offer. We're going to go to Indiana, Purdue, Maryland and Vanderbilt. We're going to finish up those camps and check out some other schools, too.

BN: Are you thinking about making your decision with your brother? You guys are in a unique situation because you're the same age and have a variety of offers.

Trotter: Yeah, I don't think it's possible for anyone to put a time limit on making such a big decision. This is a big decision that really is going to change our lives. We'll both make our decision when it's the right time and we feel it's the right time. It could be next week, it could be next month, we don't know. I can't say for sure when the right time is going to be, but I can say it's going to be a tough one.

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