SoCal LB Is a Hot Commodity

An LDS linebacker from Valley Center High School in San Diego demanded recruiting attention with some amazing junior season numbers. Sure enough, top colleges have taken interest in this prospect as he prepares for his senior season.

"I'm getting a lot of letters and several schools are going to come out and see me perform this coming week, so I'm excited about that," said Trevor Reilly.

Reilly is a 6-5, 200 linebacker who led his state championship team in tackles last season with 71 solo tackles, 60 assisted tackles, 13 tackles for losses, 9 sacks and 4 forced fumbles. He also managed to play a little bit at the tight end position where he hauled in 20 catches for 200 yards and two touchdowns.

"I feel I did alright last year, but I want to do even more this year," said Reilly. "I need to work on my speed and I need to get bigger."

Reilly is being recruited heavily by such schools as BYU, Stanford, Utah, Oregon State, Georgia Tech and Arizona, but no offers have come as of yet. "They're all pretty interested," he said. "BYU, Utah and Stanford are coming down to see me real soon. I don't know what will happen after that. Georgia Tech is probably going to come down and see me as well."

Reilly has mission plans and is very interested in BYU and the feeling is mutual. "They've sent me a lot of letters and my coaches have been in contact with their coaches a lot." said Reilly. "They're a strong possibility I feel which is good because I really like their program."

Reilly saw BYU practice under head coach Bronco Mendenhall up close this past spring having made an unofficial visit with his father. "I loved being there," said Reilly. "It was my first time visiting BYU and I was very impressed. Coach Mendenhall is my kind of coach. He demands a lot and I'd love to play in his system. You just know that he's going to turn things around."

In the meantime Reilly is going to make the rounds at camps this summer. "I want to go to at least one NIKE camp and I've received several invitations," he said. "I'm definitely going to BYU's camp and maybe I'll go to Utah's as well. Utah's coaches have shown a lot of interest and I've talked to one of their coaches and I like their program too."

Reilly mentioned that he would like to decrease his 4.6 forty time while putting on a bit more muscle mass over the summer. "Everybody wants to get faster," Reilly said. "The trick is increasing your speed while getting bigger. That's what I'm working on most."

Standing in at 6-5, 200 Reilly is an intriguing prospect whose options may include something else other than linebacker in college. "Some teams have mentioned that I could play defensive end in college or maybe tight end, but linebacker is what I play now and I'm good there," he said. "We'll just see how it works out and what college coaches feel I'm best suited for. I like playing tight end, but I like defense better. I love hitting people; I'm definitely a defensive type of player."

From the greater San Diego area, Reilly knows and is good friends with current Cougar signees Vic So'oto and Russell Tialavea. Said Reilly: "Oh, those guys are great and really good football players. We're all friends and we hang out sometimes. We're in the same stake and all that. I'd definitely love to play with those guys at BYU because they're great guys and they're also both really good football players."

On a lighter note, last December Reilly put his name in the books with a world record speed eating performance. The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that Reilly, then 16, downed an entire raw onion in 1 minute 35 seconds, smashing the previous onion-eating record by 1 minute and 5 seconds. Reilly claims if given another chance he could accomplish the feat in under a minute.

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