With two seasons of high school ball ahead of him, St. Louis Chaminade College Prep 2018 defensive tackle Trevor Trout already holds offers from several FBS Power Five schools. Right now three of them have caught his attention.
“The schools that are standing out right now, I don’t have top schools, but the ones standing out in particular right now are Nebraska, Mizzou, and Iowa,” Trout told Today’s U. “Those are the ones that are standing out, but I don’t have a top list. The schools that I’ve been talking with lately that haven’t offered are Oklahoma and Iowa State. I’ve been talking to a lot of schools over the summer, a pretty decent amount of schools, but those are the ones off the top of my head.”
Location seems to be a key factor in Trout’s decision, considering the 247Composite 92 overall four-star is a national recruit.
“The thing with those schools is they are in the Midwest and Midwest schools have that family atmosphere, that’s the one thing they have,” Trout said. “They are all pretty similar, I can’t really differentiate between those schools very much yet, this early in the process, but those are the schools that have really stuck out to me.”
His home-state team, the Missouri Tigers, gave the first offer to the four-star. It left a lasting impression on him.
“Nothing is better than the first offer, and my first offer was from my sophomore season and it was from Missouri, I was at the camp and they offered me,” Trout said. “They are two hours away, so that does kind of give them an advantage.”
Trout has already taken unofficial visits to Ohio State, Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska and Indiana. The same three schools also stood out to the 6-foot-3, 300-pounder.
“Mizzou has a beautiful campus,” Trout said. “Nebraska has a beautiful campus and Iowa, the campus is great too. I wouldn’t say it’s better than Mizzou or Nebraska, but Iowa, when it comes to their football facilities, they’re just great. They have great football facilities.”
Trout had six sacks as a sophomore in 2015. Currently, the defensive tackle bench presses 310 pounds, power cleans 275 pounds, and front squats 345 pounds, two full years before his first college practice.
His strength and size, combined with his technique, have made Trout a priority for several schools.
“Because I’m a technician at the 3-tech position,” Trout said. “I take on blocks, I chase the quarterbacks out of the backfield and I make sure no one comes through my gap.”
Several schools have pitched early playing time to Trout. While that is appealing to him, it isn’t a must.
“It would be great to start as a freshman, but I’m willing to do whatever the coach asks me to do,” Trout said. “If I have to wait another year then I’m fine with that too. I will do whatever they want to do with me, but if the opportunity comes to do that, then that would be great.”
At this point, Trout doesn’t have a timetable for his decision. It’s still very early in the recruiting process for him.
“I do plan on going to a couple of Nebraska games and check out a couple of other schools,” Trout said. “Once it’s time for the junior evaluation period, I plan to be at a decent amount of junior days.”
While it’s almost certain that many more big-time offers will roll in for the four-star over the next six months, there isn’t any one school he’s hoping to hear from.
“Not in particular, I’m the type of guy to where if a school wants me then they will come for me,” Trout said.
He’s not concerned about the rest:
“If they don’t want to recruit me cause they feel, some schools do a thing where they aren’t going to offer this player because he already has the best offers and they think he’s not going to come here, but that’s not necessarily true. I have an offer from Miami of Ohio and if you’re interested in me, I’m still going to look at you regardless. If a school wants me then they will contact me, when I get to that bridge I will cross it.”