"It was a nice environment with nice people. I could tell everyone had a good relationship with the coaches and players. It had a good academics center with people who knew what they were talking about and how to help young people who had trouble in high school get on track," Trevathan said. "I just knew it was the right place for me."
"They are a team on the rise right now and I think I can help them keep going," Trevathan said.
He had been considering Mississippi and Purdue before saying yes to Kentucky.
"At first I also considered Arkansas, but then they had trouble with the coach and that changed that. UCF (Central Florida) ran out of scholarships. Purdue wasn't right. Then Kentucky came knocking on the door and it all worked out well," he said.
His family also played a role in his decision. "My mom moved to Ohio and Kentucky is not that far away. I just have to stay focused on things and eventually everything will fall in place. I know I have to keep my head on straight and stay humble because that is what my family woudl want," Trevathan said.
Kentucky coaches liked his speed and hitting ability.
"I am fast and like to hit. That is what I do," he said. "I am energetic and self-motivated. I love to play football and give 110 percent every play. Coach (Chuck) Smith said I reminded him of Wesley Woodyard, and I know he is a great player. That was a huge compliment and really impressed me."
"I got to eat and talk with coach Smith. I even played pool with him. We just had a nice time. I really liked him. He knew what he talking about and he knows what he is doing. He knows how to work with people. He is a good communicator," Trevathan said.
He was a three-year starter for Leesburg, which is about 30 minutes from Orlando. He had 117 tackles in 2007 after making 96 in 2006 when he had 17 tackles for loss.
His team went 8-2 this year and he also played running back and quarterback. But defense is what he likes.
"We had a real good team. We were small but fast. I had to play running back and quarterback, too. I have a little skill on offense, but defense is where I belong I college. I like to do the hitting and not get hit," Trevathan said.
He says he has taken the ACT already and soon will take the SAT. "I just have to stay strong in school and make sure I have all my work done so I can get to Kentucky this summer," he said. "I know I have a chance to play next year.
That was part of my decision. I will do whatever they want me to do. I know you have to work for what you get. They are not just going to hand me playing time. But I will bring my motor to Kentucky and show them what I can do."