Eastern Regional (Voorhees, NJ) mammoth offensive tackle prospect Phil Trautwein leaves Friday for the University of Florida, which will be his fifth and final official visit. The 6-7, 300 pound prospect has previously been to Michigan State, Virginia, Tennessee, and Boston College, and has narrowed his list to a solid top three.
“I have a top three now, and they are Michigan State, Virginia, and Florida,” Trautwein said. “I’m still considering Boston College as well…they’re still in it.”
Florida is Trautwein’s childhood favorite, and he had an excellent time during an unofficial visit his sophomore year. He is anxious to make his visit to Gainesville, however he will not make a decision while he is on campus.
“I’ve always liked Florida,” Trautwein said. “They just have a really great program. Everything is great there. My aunt and uncle live there, and it’s really nice down there. I’m not going to make a decision on my visit though. I’m going to come back and hopefully have a decision soon. I’m not sure what it’s going to come down to, I’ll just talk with my family and go from there.”
Florida has received several offensive line commitments that have drawn the attention of Trautwein, who would like to see if those recruits have any effect on his situation.
“Florida just got two good tackles,” Trautwein said. “They actually got three guys, but they told me one of the tackles is a guard. That’s one thing I want to know the next time I talk to them – where I fit in right now. If I don’t fit in, I don’t want to go there.”
Trautwein indicated none of his top three has an edge over the other. He indicated both Michigan State and Virginia have an equal shot right now, and he will be able to compare all of the schools following this weekend’s official visit.
“I like Michigan State because my recruiting coach is the offensive line coach,” Trautwein said. “They offer a great education and their program is really on the rise. They are getting great players. I like their numbers as well…the odds that I could make the second team in my first year are pretty good.
“For Virginia, they offer a great education. They are also only signing two offensive linemen in this year’s class. They have signed one, and if I went there I would be the other. I think they are...
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