While TheInsiders.com have rated him a three-star prospect, there are plenty of major colleges that feel OL AJ Trump from Clearwater Central Catholic (Fla) High School is a five-star talent. You can add NC State as one of those schools. Although they may be somewhat on the outside looking in currently, they'll be working all connections in the hopes of giving themselves a chance at the talented lineman's commitment later this year.
At 6-4, 290 pounds and boasting 4.9-second speed in the 40-yard dash, Trump was named all-county and all-state after grading out at 85% as a junior. That production has resulted in a landslide of recruiting attention from schools around the nation. To date, the senior lineman has collected scholarship offers from Florida State, Notre Dame, Florida, Maryland, Miami, USF, Georgia, NC State, UNC, Louisville and Ole Miss.
Trump is being recruited by Pack DL coach Todd Stroud and may have gotten a late start on Trump but it's clear he'll have some ground to make up if he's to land Trump later this year.
"I'm considering State somewhat," said Trump. "I already have my five visits sketched out and NC State wasn't one of them but I'm thinking about visiting them. Coach John Davis, his son is up at State (QB Jay Davis), he coached me for a year in high school and he's a good family friend. So I was thinking about going up there with him and checking out a game as just an unofficial visit. I might do that just so I can take a look."
Trump talked about the schools topping his recruiting list at the current time and it's loaded with big-time competition for the Pack.
"My strong five right now is Notre Dame, Florida State, Miami, Florida and then I'm probably going to take an unofficial to NC State," said Trump. "I haven't see many schools yet so I don't want to shut any schools out. My top three would be Florida, Florida State and Notre Dame."
With great size and quick feet, Trump projects at basically every spot along the offensive line although most see him as a guard on the next level.
"Florida likes me as a center," said Trump. "Notre Dame and South Florida like me as a tackle but everybody else likes me as a guard."
Trump is a solid student in the classroom having scored a 1010 on the SAT.
Evaluation from Florida recruiting analyst Larry Blustein:
"Very seldom do you find a player with this size run (4.89) the way this young man does. So impressive is he that the Marauders will not hesitate to put him at outside linebacker. Where he gets the edge over some of the other top linemen in the state is his ability to play the game of football. So often do we find these large, strong and quick youngsters cannot play football. This is the thing that totally sold me that he will be one of the top 50 players in a very talented state. He can play football, and when you bring all of his other positives to the table, it becomes a matter of what college will be lucky enough to sign him."
Three-star prospect by TheInsiders.com
No. 48 player in Florida by TheInsiders.com
SuperPrep All-American and No. 17 OL in the nation
No. 12 player in Florida by SuperPrep