Phil Trautwein received another scholarship offer today, with Virginia Tech becoming the 16th team to officially extend an offer to the Eastern Regional (Voorhees, NJ) standout offensive line prospect. National Champion Ohio State heads the list of other schools jumping on the talented lineman during the spring evaluation period.
At 6-7 300 pounds, Trautwein deserves attention for his size alone. But there is more to this mammoth 17-year old than just size – he has the quickness to dominate.
“Coaches say I have great feet,” said Trautwein, who is being recruited as an offensive tackle. “I’m a good pass blocker, and I can run. I have good balance and I am powerful. Coaches tell me that it’s really hard to find a 6-7, 300 pound player who can move as well as I do.”
Wrestling has been a big factor in helping Trautwein gain better balance and footwork. He’s pretty good at it as well. As a junior, Trautwein went 23-6 in wrestling, making the state playoffs.
He credits his wrestling background to helping him get better on the gridiron.
“Wrestling has definitely helped me,” said Trautwein. “I’ve been wrestling since my freshman year. I noticed that it helped me gain balance and better footwork. Wrestling makes you have balance in different situations, which has really helped me in football.”
Five schools currently stand out for Trautwein, who is looking to make a final decision around signing day. He followed one school in particular while he was growing up, and hopes to receive an offer from them very soon.
“I like Florida growing up,” said Trautwein. “I’ve been to the Florida campus on four different occasions over the past few years. I went down to the Florida-Marshall game two years ago, and I have loved it ever since. I also like Penn State. I followed them as well. I like Iowa, because they produce good linemen. Virginia Tech would probably be fourth right now and North Carolina fifth.”
The Gators and Nittany Lions have not offered to this point, however Trautwein will head to summer camps on both campuses this summer. He will also trip to Iowa. In the meantime, he hopes to work on improving his whole game over the summer before the start his senior season.
“I just want to improve everywhere,” said Trautwein. “I want to get stronger so I can get more power and leverage in my blocking.”
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