Our look back at the top offensive performances from the NIKE Football Training Camp in Columbus…
NFTC Columbus: Kyle Trout
Kyle Trout has been one of the ringleaders for the Ohio State class, seemingly visiting nearly every weekend the Buckeyes' staff hosts high-level targets. The four-star offensive tackle had a steady day at the Nike camp and continued to make progress as the day went on. He later received an invitation to Nike's The Opening. Trout talked about what he thought of his performance Sunday. "There's definitely room for improvement," he explained. "I'm definitely going to have to work on staying low in my pass blocking stance. A few coaches told me that I raise up a lot. They said it wasn't my biggest problem though. I give up the inside some. I did it twice that I know of. It was against (Da'Shawn) Hand and once on another defensive end that I went up against. Both times I fixed it and I won my next rep. I just think my ability to be coached up is what's saving me right now." "Technique is definitely the part of the game I need to work on," he added. "I'm more than athletic enough to pick up what the coaches are going to throw at me. I just need reps. My school doesn't pass the ball a lot. I play other sports like basketball so I haven't focused on football or pass blocking much yet. Pass blocking is definitely hard for me to pick up just like that but I just do my best right now. I think I did really well at taking the coaching but it's hard to hang with someone who all year round is focused on rushing. I held my own against Hand and I'm happy about that." The Lancaster offensive tackle also shared some thoughts about Ohio State's current class and a few other targets he has in mind that he hopes to play next to along the offensive line. "All of us commits are getting real close," Trout stated. "We're actually all going to Canes together afterwards. We're all good friends now, we text all the time, and we're a close class." "There's a bunch of guys we talk to like Alex Bookser, Jamarco Jones, and a few other offensive lineman I'm trying to recruit," he continued. "I'm finding out when they're going to camps so I can be here when they are. I'm coming back for an Ohio State camp for just the one on one phase with Coach Warinner. I want to help recruit the kids he wants too." Trout expects to be a frequent visitor at the Ohio State camps in the summer months. He explained the purpose and what he hopes to achieve from them. "The camp visits are to get more comfortable because I'll be living here, but it's also to be a recruiter," he addressed. "I feel like my job right now is recruiting. My first job is to play well but also to help get the guys we need and when we're up here for good, it will be to play our best. We're just trying to recruit and when we get up here we'll handle our business on the field. To be successful we want the top class in the nation and that's our goal. I told Coach (Urban) Meyer on day 1 when I was in his office that I want to get the number one class in the nation so that's what I'm trying to do." "The coaches just want us to recruit as hard as we can, play high school football, and come up there ready to go all out and live and breathe and eat and sleep football and I think that's definitely what we all want to do," Trout re-iterated.
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