Trammell holds BYU number one

Prior to BYU's slugfest with instate rival Utah State, cornerback Trenton Trammell came out to Provo, Utah for an official visit. He and his mother flew out to get a firsthand look at the BYU experience. What he saw and learned left a very positive impression.

Community College of San Francisco cornerback Trenton Trammell came out to BYU the Thursday prior to BYU's game against the Aggies of Utah State. He stayed for three day on his official visit.

"It was great and the people were nice," Trammell said. "They definitely laid out the red carpet for me when I was out there. I had a really good time out there.

"I was out there when BYU played Utah State, and I was out there with my mom. We had a great experience. We walked around the area and the people were really nice. My dad had already liked it from our unofficial visit, but she started loving it. It was a really good experience."

Trammell and his mother Melinda enjoyed theirs hosts' hospitality.

"We ate like kings and they took us around on a tour of the campus and did academic things," Trammell said. "They took me to a big building where BYU has their own show. They have their own TV station where they broadcast like ESPN and all that. I hung out with the players the night before the game and it was a lot of fun."

Trammell spent most of his time touring the campus with the person that would be his future position coach, should he commit to BYU.

"Coach Howell was with me the whole time," said Trammell. "I was with him and a few of the players like Jordan Johnson and Joe Sampson. I was with them, but mostly I was with Coach Howell and he took me around."

Trammell also wanted to find out what BYU is truly like from a player's point of view.

"Yeah, that was definitely helpful talking to Jordan and Joe because, you know, I wanted to get what it was like from their point of view," Trammell said. "People can only tell you so much, so I wanted to talk to the players. It was really good for me to hear what they had to say. Everything they told me was positive and they really like it out there. It was all positive."

Then came game day against Utah State.

"The atmosphere of the game was crazy and a lot of fun," Trammell said. "I have never seen so many people at a game. You know, when you come from a junior college where there's only around 100 people watching your game, to a game like that where there's around 65,000 people is crazy."

Before the game, Trammell was down on the field.

"I felt the energy building in the pre-game warm-ups when I was standing on the sidelines," he said. "I was like, ‘Man, this is real!' Then during the game, I was watching it from the stands and I could see all the fans screaming and cheering and going crazy. I was like, ‘Man, I could get used to this!'"

While watching the game, Trammell watched the cornerbacks and could see himself out there in a BYU Cougar uniform.

"I was thinking, ‘Man, that could be me out there next year playing next to Jordan [Johnson],'" said Trammell. "I could see myself playing out there at BYU."

The excitement of the fans and the energy of LaVell Edwards Stadium all made the experience a memorable one.

"I would have to say the game day was one of the highlights of my trip," Trammell said. "I would also say the people that were there was another. I'm not use to people just being polite. I could get used to that! You know, people saying, ‘Hi, how are you doing?' and it was a lot different than what I'm used to."

His mother, meanwhile, was most impressed by something else.

"I think the highlight of the trip for her was how much support there was for the athletes in helping them to graduate," Trammell said. "She met with the athletic director and when we were at the academic center she really liked the people. She said they are really genuine. They are just genuinely good people."

Trammell learned that BYU was a much different place than what he was told back home.

"I learned that being out at BYU isn't as bad as people make it out to seem," said Trammell. "People say things differently and then you get out there and it's a really nice place, you know. BYU is just really a great place. That's what I learned. I could really see myself being there."

Trammell really liked the overall environment at BYU.

"Another thing I liked about BYU was it's a safe environment," he said. "You can just work on getting your school done, and then put your best foot forward on the field when it comes to football. They give you all the resources to do so, and, honestly, it's kind of hard to turn that one down."

Prior to leaving BYU, Trammell had breakfast with Coach Mendenhall and the whole defensive coaching staff.

So what was his impression of BYU's head coach?

"He's very calm, very calm," said Trammell. "He was too calm and always smiling and stuff. I didn't know what to do. I mean, you know how defensive coaches are always in your face? He was the opposite. He was all laidback and calm. I was like, ‘Yeah, this is kind of cool.'"

Off the field, Coach Mendenhall might be calm, but on the field it's a whole different story.

"Yeah, he told me that!" said Trammell with a laugh. "He told me, ‘You know, on the field it's not easy.' I couldn't let him know that I was scared, so I was like, ‘Man, I ain't worried about that.' I probably shouldn't have said that because now he's going to try and kill me when I get out there."

As of right now, Trammell favors BYU.

"BYU is number one on my list right now," Trammell said. "I still have to go to some other schools like Kansas State, Boise State and Utah. I'm about to go out the UTEP next, but BYU is number one because my mom doesn't think there will be another school that can give me what BYU can give me."

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