Trevor Trout signs with USC on Signing Day 2018


Four-star defensive tackle Trevor Trout added a space-eater to USC’s depth in the trenches by signing his letter of intent on Signing Day 2018.

USC completed the signing of Trevor Trout on Wednesday, sealing the deal with the four-star defensive tackle, according to Ryan Abraham of

Director of Recruiting and Player Personnel Eric Ziskin tweeted out a string of Fight On emojis seeming to indicate an 11th letter of intent received early Wednesday morning while Trout himself tweeted a simple, “Finally.”

Though USC has not officially confirmed Trout’s signing, it’s safe to say he has put pen to paper, becoming the only player from the state of Missouri on USC’s roster. Have the Trojans hit out-of-state gold once more?

The Skinny

Trout pledged his signature to USC in November with one of the most unique and touching commitment videos in recent memory.

The Trojans pursued the Saint Louis-native over the fall and impressed him enough on his official visit on the final weekend of the regular season to add him to the class.

At 6-foot-3, 315 pounds, Trout brings plenty of size to the table as the nation’s No. 20 defensive tackle.

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Where He Fits in 2018

Generally, the ideal situation for a big man like Trout would be to redshirt as a freshman to continue to develop physically. However, nose tackle Brandon Pili was the perfect example of a player expected to redshirt, who was trust into action ahead of schedule.

The presence of Pili and Marlon Tuipulotu at defensive tackle, plus the addition of junior college transfer Caleb Tremblay, could delay Trout’s impact, but defensive line depth remains tenuous.

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For now, pencil Trout in for a redshirt season, but don’t be surprised if his value as a space-eater comes in handy at some point for the Trojans in 2018.

Trevor Trout reminds us of…Jacob Daniel

At 6-foot-3, 315 pounds, Trout is a giant attacking defensive tackle much in the physical mold of Jacob Daniel, who signed with the Trojans in 2015. While Daniel ultimately struggled for playing time and moved to the offensive line, Trout’s athleticism is step ahead, despite not being rated as high coming out of high school.