Mammoth 6-7, 300 pound offensive line prospect Phil Trautwein (Eastern Regional HS in Voorhees, NJ) will take his first official visit next week, with the Michigan State Spartans having the chance to make the first impression.
Trautwein, who may end up taking all five official visits, has set up one other visit as well.
“I’m going to Michigan State on the weekend of September 26th, and I’m going to Iowa on the weekend of December 12th,” said Trautwein. “I haven’t really though about my first trip, but I’m sure I’ll get excited once it gets closer.”
The two Big 10 programs head the list of Trautwein’s favorite schools. The rest are all under consideration to receive an official visit.
“My favorites are Michigan State, Iowa, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Maryland, Rutgers, and South Carolina,” said Trautwein, who has received offers from all of his favorites except Virginia. “I’m also looking at Pittsburgh. I’ve spoken to all of them this month. It’s tough narrowing down the list after you get to know all of these coaches.”
The Hokies and Cavaliers are both very much in the mix. Virginia Tech, led by lead recruiter Jim Cavanaugh, have called every week since the beginning of the month. Virginia wants Trautwein to take a visit to Charlottesville before they extend an offer.
“Virginia wants to see me first before they offer,” said Trautwein. “I’m considering taking a visit, I just don’t know if I’ll have time. Virginia Tech called just about an hour ago. I spoke with Coach Cavanaugh and he wants me to watch the game tomorrow night. I’m thinking about visiting them as well.”
While Trautwein’s recruiting process appears to be going well, his team recently suffered a heartbreaking loss. In a clash of two very good programs last week, Eastern Regional fell to a Winslow Township squad led by solid prospects RB Shonn Greene and DT Chris Young.
Trautwein’s squad lost 25-13 despite allowing only nine first downs for the entire contest.
“We gave up two big running plays to Greene,” said Trautwein. “He had touchdown runs of 75 and 60 yards. We had five turnovers on offense and really shot ourselves in the foot. We just have to come back and play better. We are switching to a power-I offense, so I think that will help us eliminate our turnovers and move...
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