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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio State needs offensive linemen. That’s no secret. With four senior starters departing from the trenches after this season, the Buckeyes need to upgrade the unit, which is the most important part of the 2014 recruiting class.
Offensive tackle and 2014 pledge Kyle Trout (Lancaster, Ohio/Lancaster) knows it, as does the rest of the nation.
BuckeyeNation caught up with the 6-foot-5, 254-pound Trout to get his thoughts on what Ohio State looks for in an offensive lineman, what he thinks about himself and the goals that need to be set for the future.
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Here’s what he had to say:
BuckeyeNation: What do you look for in an offensive lineman when you want that elite kid?
Trout: Things that set elite offensive linemen apart from the average offensive linemen are feet and hands. A lot of people don’t think that’s important, but if you can’t move your feet and get in front of a defender, how are you supposed to block him? If you don’t have quick hands, how are you supposed to keep your hands on him in pass blocking and even run blocking?
BN: What have coaches told you about your feet and hands?
Trout: Coaches have told me that I’m a freak. They’ve never seen a guy my size with feet as good as mine and great hands, as well. Coach [Ed] Warinner said I’m the most athletic lineman he’s ever coached and that I move the best out of any lineman he’s ever coached.
It’s definitely a big confidence booster, because I’m not the strongest kid. I’m still very strong, but there are certainly kids [who] are stronger. However, I move better than them, which I’ve always seen as an advantage. Some coaches throughout the levels have disagreed with me, but to hear an elite coach say that I am better off by being more mobile makes me feel very good. I’m taking steps in the right direction.
BN: The Buckeyes could take three, if not four, more offensive linemen in this class, what type of player do you think Ohio State needs to fill it out?
Trout: We need more freaks. Kids [who] are abnormal, the kids [who] dominate in high school and [who] will feed off each other. We need bodies and crazy kids. Kids [who] aren’t afraid of contact and kids [who] love to work hard.
BN: Ohio State has had some great linemen over the years, whether it’s LeCharles Bentley, Orlando Pace or John Hicks, is it tough to be an offensive lineman at Ohio State, or do you strive to become like them?
BN: It’s both, but it gives you a high bar and a goal. It’s a person to try and surpass. If you want to be the best, you have to beat the ones who are considered the best. You don’t want to tie those goals, you want to beat them and smother them. That’s the way you have to look at it.