RECRUITING: Trump firm with commitment to Miami

Clearwater Central Catholic's AJ Trump is one of the top offensive linemen in the south. His ability to play all five positions has made him a highly rated target on recruiting boards throughout the country. He recently committed to the University of Miami. I called Trump Towers and inquired about Art Kehoe's plans for him in Coral Gables as well as when he last spoke to the new sheriff sporting the Orange and Blue.

Just what is Kehoe's plan for a guy that has size, speed, and a sound knowledge of the game?

"He told me that I could play anywhere on the line coming in," Trump said. "They like me at guard. Reggie Youngblood committed, so he's kinda got that left tackle spot. He's a great player and they're going to move me inside. But, Coach Kehoe said to learn how to snap, because I could be playing there. It could be any spot on the line really."

Kehoe has long been one of the most respected offensive line coaches in the college game. Certainly the Hurricanes coach had an advantage with the removal of Florida Coach Ron Zook and offensive line coach Joe Wickline. I asked Trump what it was about Kehoe that struck a chord with him personally?

"His energy," he responded. "He has unbelievable energy. When you're around him, you can just tell that he wants you be excited, whether it's about going out to dinner and hanging out someplace or playing on Saturday. He's a great guy and played a big factor in my decision."

Coach Urban Meyer has been making the rounds to visit all of the top potential recruits in the state of Florida. He stopped in for a visit with the 6-4, 290-pound Clearwater native. Is there any chance that the new Gators staff could pry Trump away from the Ibis?

"I had him (Coach Urban Meyer) in my house two nights before I committed to Miami and we talked," A.J. Trump said. "After I talked to him, I just thought about it and decided that I'm a Miami guy.

"If he were to call again, I'd talk to him. He's a good guy and I'd wish him nothing but success. I know that he'll be a successful guy because he's got that drive. It just felt like Miami was the right place for me. It's nothing against Florida. My commitment (to Miami) is very firm. I told the coaches that I'm very excited about going there. I'm a man of my word, and I look forward to being a part of the program

Many have pontificated whether a man named after a pope might have an opportunity to bind faith and football.

"I think that it's a little overstated I think" Trump said. "I do have faith, and I respect the Catholic church, but when it comes to football, I'm about winning you know. They're really not intertwined"

There is no question that Trump will watch with great interest as the Gators and Canes mix it up in Atlanta. But, it appears that there can be no shake up on his college decision.


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