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Saturday, November 24, 2012
OSU best visit for Watch List OT Trout

By Jared Shanker

Lancaster, Ohio, junior Kyle Trout has seen his fair share of big college games this fall -- Notre Dame vs. Michigan State, Oklahoma vs. West Virginia. He said the one he saw Saturday was the best.

Trout, a 6-foot-5 offensive tackle on the ESPN Watch List, was at Ohio State for the Michigan game this weekend.

"It's probably the best game I went to," Trout said. "I like to go to close games where the team I'm visiting comes out on top. It's better to talk to the coaches after they win."

With so many top senior, junior and even sophomore prospects on hand in Columbus, Trout was not able to talk with the coaches much Saturday.

"It was real quick. They came around and said thanks for coming, enjoy the game then didn't stop moving. [Director of Personnel] Mark Pantoni sent out a message that said sorry if you don't talk to the many coaches because they're focusing on winning. I was prepared to not talk to a lot of coaches, but they still came around and shook my hand so that was nice."

Trout is one of the top offensive linemen in Ohio in the 2014 class and has nine offers already. The Buckeyes have not offered but their message to Trout remains the same: Trout is high on Ohio State's list.

"They've been telling me since the UCF game that I'm very high on their recruiting board," Trout said, "and after the Nebraska game [Oct. 6] Coach [Luke] Fickell said 'Let our season finish, get our heads on straight and hopefully I can bring good news.' So that sounds good, sounds like they might offer but don't know a timeframe."

The latest offer for Trout came Monday from West Virginia, two days after he visited the school for the Oklahoma game. Mountaineers assistant Bill Bedenbaugh spoke with Trout about the offer.

"He said they need some bigger offensive linemen, which was very apparent when I went to the Oklahoma game," he said. "It seemed like Oklahoma was completely massive compared to West Virginia. And they said they like the way I play the game, that I'm tough."