June 4, 2013

Trout reflects on big weekend

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- What a weekend it was for Kyle Trout.

Just two days removed from qualifying for the track and field state championships in the discus and the shot put, the Ohio State commit found himself lined up against the nation's No. 1 prospect, Da'Shawn Hand at Sunday's Nike Football Training Camp. The 2014 offensive tackle got beat by the beastly Hand in their first rep against one another, but more than held his own in their second go-round.

"It was alright," Trout said of his showing at Sunday's camp, which was held at Ohio State's Woody Hayes Athletic Center. "I haven't worked on my pass protection for a while 'cause I've been focusing on track. I'm going to states next week. It was kind of rough, but I think I did pretty well."

After performing in next weekend' state track meet, the Lancaster, Ohio native will remain in Columbus to attend next Sunday's Ohio State camp. He'll also be back for OSU's camp on June 21, where he hopes to get an early start with Buckeyes offensive line coach Ed Warinner and help bolster his recruiting class.

"I'm just trying to get coached by Coach Warinner and help recruit some other guys," Trout said.

Regardless of what he accomplishes in the coming weeks, Trout said that this weekend was certainly one to remember. Aside from winning a regional title in track, the four-star prospect not only got to compete against the country's top players, but did so at his future practice facility.

"It's amazing how nice it is out here and kind of imagining myself being able to practice with the team in a few years," Trout said. "It's going to be great."

Since committing to play for the Buckeyes last February, Trout has remained firm in his decision. Thanks in part to his recruiting efforts aimed towards potential future teammates on social media, the 6-foot-6, 280-pounder said that other coaches have backed off of recruiting him, as he's made it clear that he'll be spending his college career in Columbus.

"I've been on Twitter and Facebook just posting that I'm all Buckeye, so some people kind of backed off, which is kind of nice," Trout said. "It lets me focus on school and recruiting the other kids and I don't have to focus on the other coaches from other schools."

Having had some time to reflect on his commitment, Trout said that the main factor that went into him choosing to play for Ohio State is the reputation of Warinner. Between the guidance of his future position coach, head coach Urban Meyer, and OSU strength and conditioning coach Mickey Marotti, Trout believes that he's more than primed for a successful football career.

"Coach Warinner got the Assistant Coach of the Year award and he is such a great coach. Kids love playing under him. I'm just trying to find someone that can bring out my max potential, and Coach Marotti, he's obviously all for that," he said. "It's just a prestigious university and they're so successful that I think that coming here was just the best decision for me to help get me to the next level."


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