Prior to arriving in Clifton, junior offensive guard Kyle Trout earned his bachelor’s degree in finance in just three years at Ohio State University. A four-star prospect out of Lancaster High School, Trout was regarded as a top-25 offensive lineman prospect, nationally. A jack of all trades, he also played basketball and participated in track and field.
You can easily see why coach Fickell recruited him in Columbus out of high school. The two developed a connection – both being local guys that played for OSU. Trout’s high school team even played coach Fickell’s alma mater, DeSales High School. Coach Fickell could easily talk to Trout, and he immediately recognized the most important factor in Fickell’s eyes – Kyle’s work ethic.
When Coach accepted the UC job, Trout spoke to him about transferring to play at UC and earn a master’s degree. Everything worked out perfectly and Kyle is fully committed to being a Bearcat. Trout’s wife attends medical school at Wright State University in Dayton, and plans to practice emergency medicine. They live in West Chester and both commute in opposite directions to their respective campuses, 45 minutes or more on a daily basis.
Standing at 6’6” and 300 lbs., Trout is a force to be reckoned with on the o-line. However, he played mainly on the scout team at OSU. He played in a handful of games, but was never able to break through to the first team. Kyle was simply “lost in the shuffle” of the crowd of blue-chippers in Columbus. After a few seasons, it was simply too late to make up ground and get on the field.
He hopes to use his experience and size to contribute immediately as a Bearcat. He just wants to touch the field and provide as much value as he can on Saturdays this season as tackle or guard on the line. Kyle immediately noticed the attention he was given by coaches and staff during his first practices as a Bearcat. He looks forward to starting anew and helping Coach Fickell’s new team as much as possible.
By Andy Smith
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