But Monday night was pretty close.
Leroux, a 6-foot-8, 340-pound junior offensive tackle at Norwalk, made the phone call to Ohio State head football coach Ryan Day on Monday night — informing him he will accept the full scholarship offer to play for the Buckeyes.
The decision came on the heels of Friday, when Trey visited the Buckeyes’ spring practice. He received an offer after the visit — then returned to the Jerome Schottenstein Center in time to watch his older brother, Tche, win his state wrestling placement match to assure an All-Ohio season at heavyweight.
“I was on cloud nine on Friday, and I’m even more excited now,” Trey said Monday night. “It’s like a great weight off my shoulders. I’ve always wanted to be a Buckeye growing up as a kid. Everyone knows an Ohio boy wants to play for Ohio State, and it’s crazy to think I get to be one of those kids.”
Leroux chose Ohio State over numerous other Power Five offers, including Kentucky, Indiana, Pitt, Purdue, Rutgers and West Virginia.
“We’ve been all over the country with recruiting, and we knew what we liked and didn’t like about all the places we’ve been,” Leroux said. “I had it narrowed down to the schools that I would be comfortable going to, and OSU was the No. 1 pick.
“So getting that offer last weekend was pretty crazy,” he added. “My family sat together after Tche was done for the night on Saturday and decided it would be best for me to go to Ohio State.”
Leroux left for Columbus early Thursday with his parents, Tony and Tami, to watch Tche compete in the Division II state wrestling championships at 285 pounds. After his brother opened with a 1-1 record, Trey then went over to spring practice to watch the football team and meet with Day and OSU offensive line coach Greg Studrawa.
By the end of the visit, he had the offer — then returned to state wrestling with enough time to watch Tche pin his opponent and assure himself All-Ohio honors. He eventually placed sixth overall.
“One of the main reasons I work so hard is for my brother,” Trey said. “It’s crazy the work ethic he has. I try to be exactly like he is. I had texted him as soon as I got the offer. He was excited for me, then I made it in time to see him earn the spot to place at state to become All-Ohio in two sports. A crazy, amazing day. One of the best we’ve had as a family.”
Trey said he was most impressed with how detailed and direct the interactions were between the coaching staff and players at spring practice.
“I loved everything about it,” he said. “It wasn’t my first time there, but I got to see a lot of things more in-depth in terms of the players and coaches interacting. I fell in love with the environment of the entire practice, and it was just spring ball.
“It’s time for me now to focus on what I love, and football is what I love,” Trey added. “I’m excited to get back in the weight room and get to be Buckeye ready.”
Leroux said if there is any opening for him to go back on campus between now and the end of high school, he’ll be there.
“It’s my future home, so I want to be as comfortable as possible,” he said.
But before then, there are still big things to accomplish at Norwalk, which is coming off its best season in 44 years in 2018. The Truckers won 10 games, including three playoff games in a single-season for the first time ever. They fell to Kettering Alter in the Div. III state semifinals.
For his efforts, Leroux was the OPSWA Northwest District Lineman of the Year and All-Ohio first team. A three-star prospect in the 247Sports rankings, Leroux is the the No. 90 offensive tackle in the nation, and the No. 38 prospect in Ohio.
With his size, Leroux can do full splits, and recently did a 39-inch box jump during offseason conditioning at the high school.
Anchored by Leroux, the entire offensive line returns for the Truckers as part of 15-of-22 starters who will be back in 2019.
“We have a lot of young players ready to eat and hungry to play,” Trey said. “We’re attacking the weight room and offseason hard, and I think we’ll have another great season as well.”
“I’m really appreciative of how close the Norwalk family is,” he added. “People throughout the community have messaged me, congratulating me on offers this whole time during the recruiting process. There is that saying, ‘it takes a village to raise a child,’ and it truly does. I’m just thankful to be a part of that.”