Four-star maintains Irish interest
Former Irish assistant Matt LaFleur saw enough from four-star athlete Trevon Sidney to offer the 6-foot, 170-pounder from Bishop Amat in La Puente, Calif.
While LaFleur has left Notre Dame for the Atlanta Falcons, Sidney’s interest in the Irish remains.
“He said they liked me on offense and he wants to get me there to see what it’s like out there,” Sidney said. “I’ll try to get out there probably in the summer.”
Notre Dame is among a handful of top college programs that have shown early interest in Sidney, but his list of potential suitors continues to grow.
“(Recruiting) is going pretty good,” Sidney said. “It’s still the same right now but I’ve been hearing from some newer schools. I’ve been hearing a little bit more from Arizona State, Cal, LSU and couple others.”
Sidney holds nine scholarship offers and has been projected to play on both sides of the ball in college.
“They’re kind of split,” Sidney said. “Most are just saying athlete. Some are saying a little bit of both and some are just saying wherever I would fit in.”
As a junior, Sidney caught 38 passes for 540 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively he posted 47 tackles and picked off four passes and had 10 other pass breakups.
“I prefer receiver but I’ll play wherever,” he said.
Sidney credits his speed and soft hands for his success on offense and his instincts helped him shut down opposing wide receivers last season.
He also had some help from teammate Tyler Vaughns, a five-star prospect that also holds an offer from the Irish.
The two often go head-to-head in practice.
“It’s great competition,” he said. “We get each other better. He’s a great receiver and he’s good at getting the ball and runs good routes.”
The teammates haven’t discussed the option of playing together in college.
“We don’t really talk about college that much yet,” he said. “It’s still a process. We have another year so we’re staying patient.”
Sidney visited a couple of local colleges last fall and hopes to see several more in the near future.
“I just went to a couple of local schools; nowhere far,” he said. “I probably will get out later but it’s just when it comes. I have nothing planned.”
Scout.com ranks Sidney as the 12th best cornerback in the country.