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Gone Fishin’: Breaking Down 2014 OT Kyle Trout
By John McCallister

(Editor’s Note: John McCallister is a long-time football scout and friend of the-Ozone. He is a former high school football coach and English teacher who has worked to provide the best information on Ohio's top high school football prospects since 1989).

For the better part this basketball season I have traveled the state of Ohio watching football players play hoops; guys who I really feel need to be evaluated as potential college scholarship players. Last week I visited Pickerington North High School for the sole purpose of watching Lancaster's Kyle Trout.

Kyle Trout (6-6, 294) is one of the top three offensive linemen – if not the top one – in the Ohio Class of 2014. He carries his weight really well and moves his feet really well. Good hips. Good bender. He runs the court pretty well for big man. Most of all, he runs the court hard, and gets his breathe after he gets to the other end. Intimidating. Only played about six minutes in the first half, but that was long enough to see how much potential he has on the football field. (I left at halftime). Bad basketball.

I first saw Kyle at our MSROHIO Combine last March. He really moved well for big man, but was raw. I loved his potential then. I watched him in a four-way scrimmage last August. Powerful. Finished blocks. Good first step. Since Lancaster runs a very successful Wing-T offense, you do not see much pass blocking. Most of the blocking is shoulder blocking, but he showed signs that he could pass block. I also really liked the way he moved laterally. But most of all, he competed.

For some reason, big schools did not agree with my evaluation. Coming from a run-oriented offense, Kyle needs to work on pass blocking. He needs to get arm extension and use his hands and feet. Watching him the other night, none of these things will be a problem. Apparently, a new buzz term is “lateral burst.” My guess would be when he moves laterally, he has a punch or burst. That's why colleges have football coaches – to improve on these skills. (sarcasm)

Probably the most impressive thing I saw the other night was his leadership and enthusiasm. He is not a starter for Lancaster and whenever he was taken out of the game and as he sat on the bench, he did not pout. He led the cheers. To me, that is good. A high profile football player, when not in the game, is leading the cheers. By the way, he could play on my basketball team anytime.

Rumors have it, he had a meeting in Columbus with Urban Meyer over the weekend. Maybe Ohio State University football sees in him what I see in him.

*John McCallister is the founder of McCallister Scouting Report (MSR Ohio). If you enjoyed this article, be sure to check out more of his work at

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