Player Spotlight: Trevor McDonagh

The St. Louis University High School athletic motto is "Tradition never Graduates". Established in 1818, the Jesuit College Preparatory Academy has many years of tradition to draw from. The Junior Billikens will no doubt miss the services of star junior quarterback Trevor McDonagh when he is due to matriculate in 2012. His play has caught the attention of many top Division 1 programs.

"I've made trips to Northwestern and Illinois for camps," said Trevor McDonagh. "I went to Kansas State for a game, and I plan on visiting Indiana soon. I'm getting attention from Iowa and Wisconsin as well."

McDonagh, 6-3, 190, threw for more than 1,600 yards and 15 touchdowns during his sophomore season. He was named first team All-Academic in the St. Louis Metro Catholic Conference and All-Conference honorable mention at quarterback.

"My team plays in a pro-style offense," McDonagh said. "My arm strength and accuracy I think is what helps the most at playing quarterback. My goal this year is to continue to improve and hopefully win state."

McDonagh honed his skills in the off-season at the Elite 11 quarterback camp. He has helped the Jr. Bills to a 3-2 record with stand-out performances in wins against Parkway North where he was 14-for-17 passing for 258 yards and two touchdowns in the season opener. He went 12-for-14 for 341 yards and four touchdowns in last week's game against Vianney.

"We started out 2-0, but then played top 10 teams back-to-back," McDonagh said. "We lost to Webster Groves, a 5A school, and lost in the last 15 seconds to Christian Brothers."

The Rivalry with St. Louis University and Christian Brothers is one of the state's oldest. In the loss to Webster Groves, McDonagh was 24-41 passing for 358 yards. Colleges are impressed with his big-time arm. He's trying to make the rounds to see what his future may hold.

"The atmosphere at the Kansas State game was great," McDonagh said. "I liked the experience a lot, having a chance to speak with the coaches, getting to tour the facilities. It was incredible. The coaches said they'd stay in touch with me, see how my season was going, and wanted to see me throw."

McDonagh's family accompanied him on the trip to Manhattan, Kansas, and he said they were equally impressed with what they saw. On the horizon he plans to fit in trips for games to Indiana and a return visit to Northwestern.

"I'm just looking to become a part of a program with great coaches and great players," McDonagh said looking towards the class of 2012. "I like big schools from big conferences. I probably favor the Big 10. The ones I'm looking at are all in the Mid-West, and that's kind of where I'm hoping to be."

McDonagh also plays baseball in the Jr. Bills outfield. This week on the gridiron his team takes on Chaminade in conference play. He wears No. 10 for the Blue and White of St. Louis U.

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