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Sunday, February 10, 2013
Ohio State grabs commitment No. 3

By Brad Bournival

Two weeks ago, he picked up an offer from Ohio State.

Now, he is the Buckeyes’ third commitment in the class of 2014.

Kyle Trout (Lancaster, Ohio/Lancaster) has long thought about being a Buckeye. Some of that has to do with living 45 minutes from campus.

Trout came to the Friday Night Lights camp in July and affirmed his love for Ohio State. When he picked up an offer on Jan. 26, that admiration grew, so much so that the 6-foot-5, 254-pound offensive tackle waited only 15 days before turning down Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan State, Ohio, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Toledo and West Virginia to become a Buckeye.

"It's a dream come true," Trout said. "I had to be a Buckeye."

The ESPN Watch List Trout joins offensive tackle Marcelys Jones (Cleveland/Glenville) and cornerback Damon Webb (Detroit/Cass Tech) as Ohio State pledges from the junior class.

Trout is the second Watch List junior in the class -- Webb was the first -- and the second offensive linemen from 2014.

Restocking the offensive line will be a goal for the 2014 class. Urban Meyer said on Cleveland's WKNR ESPN 850 AM that the Buckeyes will fill the class with four or five in the trenches.

Ohio State tried to plug a couple of holes on the line at the end of the 2013 recruiting cycle, but struck out. Now, the Buckeyes have a firm foundation and a year to finish out what they hope is another strong class.

"I will bring leadership, talent and hard work [to the Buckeyes]," Trout said.