Just A Matter Of Trust

For the latest verbal pledge to the Spartans program it came down to a matter of trust and a gut feeling. Trae Waynes talks with Spartan Digest about his verbal commitment to Mark Dantonio and the Michigan State Football program.

Monday became the day Trae Waynes of Kenosha (Wisconsin) Bradford High School will always remember as the day his life changed. While he was just looking to make a visit to the Michigan State camp, the 6-foot-0, 170-pound cornerback got the feeling he'd found his home.

How Waynes got to Monday was a journey in itself.

"I'd gone to camp in June," Waynes told Spartan Digest by phone. "I had a good camp but I was tired from the previous camps I attended. When I got my offer from Michigan State, I was really excited because they were one of my favorite schools and it was a relief to get one from them."

While just looking to visit, the itch came to end his recruiting with his pledge to the Spartan coaches.

"I went on several tours and decided to watch camp. The players had been working out and Williams Gholston took me around to meet some of the players. I found them to be really family oriented and that is something I was looking for when making my choice."

While he's a solid verbal pledge it wasn't an easy choice to make.

"It was between Michigan State and Wisconsin. I've been to Wisconsin several times and this was only my third time I'd been to Michigan State. But I felt like this was it and let's go for it. It was pretty hard to say no to Wisconsin as they've been recruiting me pretty hard and I really was leaning towards them. But when I was there at Michigan State, I got the right feeling."

When Trae gave his pledge he surprised a lot of people. Even the Spartan coaches showed some surprise.

"I think the coaches were really surprised when I committed, but they were very excited when I did it."

Looking at the family atmosphere and watching defensive back coach Harlon Barnett work really gave Trae the things needed to make his decision.

"Michigan State is looking at me as a corner and working with Coach Barnett at camp I came away knowing he's got the experience at all different levels. I trust him to make me the best player I can be."

One thing a lot of people have been talking about since his commitment is the future of his teammate and friend Melvin Gordon. Where does Trae feel Melvin stands since his pledge?

"He was there the day I committed. I know he was a little disappointed as we've talked about going to the same school. But were different people who both like different things. There is still a chance we end up at the same school as he's got an offer from Michigan State. But he's got to make the best decision for him."

Undecided upon what he'll study in college, one of the biggest factors facing such a quick decision is how the family feels about the choice and the distance from home.

"They are very excited and told me to go for it, so I did. Distance is not a factor as I've always wanted to get away when I was younger and will now get that chance."

So just who is Trae Waynes?

"I'm kind of a quite person when I'm around people I don't know. I like to hang out with my friends and just relax playing video games."

As for his own breakdown of his game, Trae knows he's got his strength and his weakness on the field.

"My strength is I'm a good tackler and have really good speed. But I'd have to say I get too aggressive and need to continue to work on my technique.

It's now been a few days since making his college choice. Have there been any doubts in his mind about Michigan State?

"I think you always think about that at first, but I don't have any doubt in my mind about my decision."

Trae Waynes will look to report next summer after signing his letter of intent with Michigan State. From talking with Trae, I've found him to be the kind of person Mark Dantonio loves to have on his team. Spartan Digest will continue to check back with Trae as he goes through his senior season.

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