As his highlights will certainly indicate, Austin Trent has something which can’t be accurately measured. Trent is a ‘football player’ which used to mean quite a bit more on the recruiting front than it seems to mean today.Fletcher W. Long, KPGFootball Senior Scout and Editorial Board Member
I was talking with a friend of mine with whom I played football “back in the day.” We were discussing all the great college players from yesteryear we aren’t sure would have even been recruited in the present climate.
You see, recruiters used to come to football games and watch kids play. Fewer and fewer are doing that these days.
Colleges have developed a set of “measurables” which enable programs to say “Yay” or “Nay” from the comfort of the home office. We don’t believe schools are watching the amount of film recruiters used to watch. We know they aren’t making the rounds during the Fall which used to routinely get logged.
Some guys look good running around a track or combine in shorts and a shirt. Other guys are “football players.”
No matter what the clock might say, the football players arrive at the ball in a foul mood and right on time. They go around the field de-cleating folks. That used to count for something.
A throw back to those golden times is a guy like Fleming County High School’s Austin Trent. Trent is a 5’11,” 210-pound RB/LB who is a football player.
Trent bench presses 285, Squats 525, Deadlifts 500, and power cleans 245. He runs the 40-yard dash in 4.65 seconds.
Trent is a ’24 kid. Trent is entering his junior year on the gridiron. That is similar to a Saturday at a PGA Tour event. It is “moving day.”
Trent had 109-carries, over his sophomore season, gaining 732-yards with 9-rushing TDs. Defensively, the LBer had 109-tackles, 16 TFLs, 5-QB sacks, 1 FR, and a pick-six returned 75-yards for a score.
We exchanged a few emails with Coach Bill Spencer about his young player. Coach told KPGFootball, “Last year our offense was spread around a bit with Logan Pinkley (PWO, EKU) getting an abundance of touches along with some other outgoing seniors. Austin was a big part of the team as a sophomore. He will be an even bigger part this coming season.”
Trent was All-EKC team and on the All Ashland Daily Independent team a year ago. Trent will set his sight even higher this next season.
This is a next level player. He will make a fine collegian, we feel quite certain around the magazine.
He’s a football player. We still think that means quite a lot.
This is Coach HB Lyon, reporting for KPGFootball, and we’re JUST CALLING IT LIKE WE SEE IT!
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