This Saturday NC State will play host to the 4A North Carolina track and field championships. When perusing the stat sheet detailing the athletes that will be in attendance, one name seems to pop up over and over.
Trenton Guy (5-10, 170 pounds, 4.4-seconds in the 40-yard dash), a superb athlete from West Charlotte High School has the No. 2 long jump in his class this year at 23-feet, .25-inches. He boasts the No. 2 100-meter time in class 4A with an electronically measured time of 10.50-seconds and the No. 1 time in the 200-meters of 21.40-seconds. Although he won't participate in the high jump, Guy is tied for the sixth best jump in the state this year at 6-feet, 6-inches.
Guy also happens to be a pretty solid football player. Despite arriving late for fall practice due to track obligations, he still managed to finish off the year with 163 yards rushing and three touchdowns while hauling in 14 passes for 249 yards and an additional two scores. On special teams Guy was one of the best in the state, averaging better than 40 yards per kickoff return and 34 yards per punt return. For his efforts he was accorded all-county and all-conference honor. According to West Charlotte head coach Peter Gilchrist, Guy was somewhat of a utility player that he could count on to fill any number of roles for the Lions.
"We counted on Trenton to do a lot of different things for us," said Gilchrist. "We used him to run the ball on reverses, lined him up as a WR and he handled our punt and kickoff returns. The thing about Trenton is his speed. Other than the Padgett kid (Shelby Crest RB Travis Padgett), I think he may be the fastest player in the state. When he turns the corner he has un-catchable speed. Some of the schools that have come in say that he might could play CB and we'll give him some work there this year. But Trenton's an athlete. Last year he had at least one punt return and a couple of kickoff returns go for better than 90 yards."
Last season Coach Gilchrist entertained a bevy of college coaches who flocked to Charlotte to check out DB Rod Council. Council eventually inked with Virginia Tech but Gilchrist says Guy has a couple of attributes that could make him even better than Council.
"Rod was strictly a cover corner," said Gilchrist. "He had the great hips and all but Trenton is tougher than Rod. He plays more physical and he's faster than Rod was."
So far, numerous schools have made the trip to West Charlotte to check in on Guy including NC State, UNC, South Carolina, Clemson and Virginia. Virginia Tech is scheduled to be in next week.
Although no one has officially offered Guy a scholarship yet, Gilchrist says he expects that to change in the coming weeks.
"Maryland came down and said if his transcripts check out, they plan to offer him. I expect Virginia Tech to offer when they come down next week."
As for the Pack, Gilchrist said he thinks State may be close.
"Coach Portee came down and he loves Trenton. He said he has to run it by Chuck (NC State head coach Chuck Amato) first before they offer. I know Trenton really loves State though. He and Lamont Reid are close friends and have run track together. He really likes the track program up at State. I really think State and Virginia Tech are high on his list."
Guy currently has plans for a one day camp at Clemson and may attend the D-1 camp later this summer. Gilchrist added that a trip to State's camp may be in the offing as well.
"If Chuck needs to see him in person before he wants to offer then I'll make sure we get him up there at least for a day."