Buckeyes Reel in Another Big Catch for 2014
By Michael Chung
The ink is still drying on some of the signatures from 2013, but Ohio State has landed another big piece to the puzzle for the 2014 class.
It wasn’t another episode of Gridiron Outdoors, but Urban Meyer snagged himself a huge catch – some 290 pounds – on Sunday with the commitment of 4-star offensive lineman Kyle Trout.
The 6-6, 280-pound tackle out of Lancaster visited Ohio State’s campus for an 8:45 a.m. appointment with the OSU coaching staff. He was offered a scholarship in late January and took time to think about it. After a few weeks of deliberation, Trout decided to pull the trigger and become the third member of a 2014 Class that should number around 20 for the Buckeyes.
Kyle told The-Ozone back in September that if he received an offer from the Buckeyes, he would still take some time to think about it before he made a final decision. He was offered a few weeks ago and decided to end his recruitment early on Sunday with a commitment to Ohio State.
Here’s what longtime Ohio talent scout and former high school football coach John McCallister had to say about one of the better players in the Buckeye State for the class of 2013.
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.
Trout already held offers from Michigan State, Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Cincinnati and Indiana, even thought most people expected he would ultimately end up at Ohio State playing for Urban Meyer and Ed Warinner.
Lancaster is associated with names like Ben Gilbert, Bobby Carpenter, Jimmy Cordle and current OSU middle linebacker Luke Roberts, who will be entering his sophomore year at Ohio State. Like Roberts, Trout is a very hard worker with a great attitude. Meyer and his staff run a very demanding program, so it will be beneficial for him to have someone like Roberts around to help him through the rigorous first year of college football.
Trout is the No. 3 player in the 2014 class and the second offensive line commit for the Buckeyes. He joins cornerback Damon Webb out of Cass Tech High School in Detroit and offensive lineman Marcelys Jones out of Cleveland’s Glenville High School.
He could play either tackle or guard at Ohio State, but McCallister believes he needs to develop his passing protection skills if he’s going to play on the edge for the Buckeyes.
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.
Urban Meyer called offensive line priority 1, 1a, 1b and 1c for the class of 2014. Along with Jones and Trout, they could still take 2-3 more offensive linemen in next year’s recruiting class. One of them, Jamarco Jones out of Chicago, is also on campus for a visit this weekend.