Army looking for elusive speed in Trotter

Alex Trotter believes it's his game-changing speed that landed him two D-1 offers this past week. The 5-foot-9, 270-pound running back, who stars at The McCallie School in Chattanooga, Tenn., had not been offered prior to last Tuesday, October 14th, but Tennessee-Chattanooga and Army coaches changed that. Trotter spoke with ArmySports.com on where he sees his recruitment at this time.

"Coach Saturnio called me that Tuesday and said Army was ready to offer," Trotter said. "They're looking at add speed to an offensive attack that capitalizes on fast running backs. I think, from what I know, that Army is an excellent school. I was really surprised to when I was offered because I consider it such an honor just to be offered by West Point. They don't just look at what you do on the field, but also your discipline, you character. It's humbling to know they thought so much of me, in that regard, to extend the offer.

"They were telling me that taking an official after Christmas would be the best time. I'm not sure I'll be able to make there before with my football schedule. Still debating when I'd like to do it. We run a triple option attack like they do at Army. It wouldn't be anything new to me. It would be a big adjustment but not so much on the football side of things."

In the third game of the season, Trotter turned heads in Tennessee when he rushed for 362 yards and six touchdowns on 24 carries in McCallie's victory over Pope John Paul II.

"It's my senior year," he exclaimed. "It's been my best year yet. In the past two seasons I've played through a lot of injuries. Last year, I had some things like an ankle sprain. This year everything has gone according to plan. We're 7-1 on the season. I've taken on more of leadership role with this team, trying to encourage the younger kids and get them to understand that's what they'll need to do with the kids coming up under them. I feel like I'm much more mature this season.

"Besides Army and UT, I've been hearing the most from Wofford. Education is something I value and something I'll put first when I make my decision on college. Next thing is the coaching staff. I want to know a little bit about their background, where their coaching careers originated, and how well they've done in that particular program they're in now. One important aspect of that is how well the staff is welcoming to me, personally, when I'm there. Those are all factors that will play into my decision."

McCallie has some talented junior players including Nygel Edmonds, a defensive back with already 20-plus D-1 offers to his credit, running back JaVaughn Craig, and defensive lineman Corey McDonald. The Blue Tornado will travel to Nashville this Friday to face Father Ryan in district play.

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