Kyle Trout (Lancaster, Ohio/Lancaster) knows what it means to be an Ohio State Buckeye.
Growing up 45 minutes from The Horseshoe, the 6-foot-5, 254-pound Trout has always dreamed of playing in front of 100,000-plus screaming fans on a Saturday.
So when Ohio State started showing interest, the junior offensive tackle got a little excited.
“I’ve always been a Buckeyes fan, so it would be great to get an offer,” said Trout, who was planning to watch in Ohio State’s game against the University of Central Florida on Saturday.
Trout traveled to Ohio Stadium on July 27 for the Buckeyes’ Friday Night Lights camp. While he didn’t participate, Trout was right there on the field, listening to every word the coaches had to say.
It got the juices flowing a bit as he watched some of the biggest recruits train even if he couldn’t.
“It was really nice,” Trout said. “There was high intensity. All the coaches -- even though I wasn’t participating -- were giving me pointers on my game. Even though I couldn’t go, it felt great. It felt like a team down there, a family instead of just guys.”
Trout has offers from Cincinnati, Illinois, Ohio and Toledo. He has interest from Indiana, Louisville, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Oregon and Wisconsin and is hoping an offer from the Buckeyes might be around the corner.
“They said they wanted to see my film and that they were very interested,” Trout said.