Former USC Football defensive lineman Trevor Trout is entering his fourth year at the University of Southern California. But he is more than just an athlete at one of the biggest schools in the country — he is a jack-of-all-trades.

His college football career hasn’t been the greatest due to injuries. After redshirting his first year at USC in 2018, he returned to the field the following year — but he was limited in 2019 because of a back injury, then a torn right bicep sidelined him, and he had surgery on his wrist after the season.

It seemed like he’d enter 2020’s odd season ready to play, but it was announced before the season that he won’t be playing due to a lingering back issue. Head coach Clay Helton mentioned that it could be a medical situation moving forward but didn’t specify what that meant — medical redshirt or medical retirement.

An injury sidelined him for part of his senior year in high school too — that time a hamstring injury. But he was still ready to play at a high level at USC.

Trout is from Ferguson, Missouri, and went to Chaminade College Prep in St. Louis where he was a two-way tackle and made the 2017 Prep Star Dream Team as a senior. As a junior, he made the USA Today All-Missouri second team, All-District first team, as well as All-Metro and All-Metro Catholic Conference first team with 60 tackles and 4 sacks.

He played in the State Class 5 championship as a sophomore and made the MaxPreps Freshman All-American second team as a freshman with 31 tackles and a sack.

He was on the Track and Field team, too — throwing the shot put and discus.

247Sports ranked him as the fifth-best player in Missouri for the 2018 class and in the top-20 among defensive tackles.

Enough about his football career — Trout is a journalism major at one of the best J-schools in the country so it’s not surprising how connected he is.

He is verified on Twitter and Instagram with over 9,000 followers and over 6,000 followers, respectively. He is incredibly active on Twitter, and if you follow him, you know he talks about all kinds of stuff from sports to music, and more.

He is the founder of Elite Media Group — a sports, music, culture, and lifestyle platform that “blends the worlds of sports and entertainment with authentic black voices.”

The company created its Twitter account in June 2020, and it has grown quickly to have around 11,200 Twitter followers.

Their presence on Twitter is unmatched — even without following them, you’ll see their content on your timeline. They are less than a year old, and they are still growing, but their website on Medium has articles on underground music artists and sports issues regarding basketball and football teams up to this point.

As it looks, their writing side consists of Trout, Kameron Hay, and Snoot as editors along with four writers — Armon Sadler, Jarred Taylor, Reagan Griffin Jr., and Vinay Killawala.

They have another website in the works that they are likely going to switch to once it’s ready.

Aside from writing content, they publish podcasts as well alongside RNC Radio — RSPN dating back to 2018, and The Check Fade and Play for Keeps dating back to 2020.

We talked about Trout’s on-the-field abilities, and we dove into the media company he is a part of.

If you thought that was the end, think again.

Trout is also the Assistant Campaign Manager for candidates running for USC Undergraduate Student Government President and Vice President for the 2021-2022 school year. On their Instagram account — to their more than 600 followers — Alexis Areias and Lucy Warren show they are “committed to showing up and determined to get it right.”

In an introduction post, Trout says he has been a peer of Lucy’s since he was 14 years old and didn’t hesitate when she contacted him to assist with the campaign.

The candidates have a podcast called Getting it Right with Alexis and Lucy, where they discuss breaking barriers, prioritizing inclusion, protecting Trojans, and thinking ahead.

They are looking to serve in the position during the senior year.

Trevor Trout may or may not return to the football field. If he does, he has a strong team behind him. If he doesn’t, it looks like he still has a strong team behind him, now and in the future.

USC Trojan, Trevor Trout. Photo Credit: John McGillen | USC Athletics

USC Trojan, Trevor Trout. Photo Credit: John McGillen | USC Athletics

Ahmad Akkaoui

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Ahmad is a sportswriter from Pasadena, Calif. who has been a fan of LA sports for as long as he can remember. He has some pretty unpopular opinions – Kurt Warner is overrated, Reggie Bush didn’t deserve to lose his Heisman, and the best high school athletes in the nation come from Los Angeles. Prove him wrong. Right now is the best time to be a fan of sports in Los Angeles, and the teams are just getting started. Ahmad plays almost every sport, but despite his confidence, he’s not very good at any of them.

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