The 2014 class of prospects in the state of Ohio is one of the thinnest in terms of talent that we've seen in a long time. There is a small group of players sitting at the top of the list that are definitely top-level BCS talent, but in terms of depth it is just not there when it comes to the rising seniors.
One of the players who falls into the "cream of the crop" category is Lancaster OL Kyle Trout, who received an offer from the Buckeyes a few weeks ago following an official visit prompted by a call from the OSU staff. On that visit Trout was told he was at the top of Ohio State's big board for tackles and that he would be the last Ohio lineman they would offer for a while.
Trout, who has always rooted for the Buckeyes, took a few weeks to think about the proposal from Urban Meyer and finally moved on the offer, committing to the coaches during his visit to campus this weekend. He gives the Bucks three commitments in the class of 2014, joining Cleveland Glenville OL/DL Marcelys Jones and Detroit (MI) Cass Tech DB Damon Webb.
The pickup of Trout, 6-6/285, is a big one, as Ohio State is in dire need of offensive linemen after signing just two in their 2013 class and having four of five expected starters on the unit leaving after this upcoming season. He is rated as the #12 tackle in the nation by the 247 Composite and the best part is that many feel he has a high ceiling with much room to get better than he already is.
We'll be catching up with Trout shortly to get his thoughts on joining Buckeye Nation, so stay tuned to 11W for the latest from the newest member of OSU's 2014 class.