Gainesville high school (FL) has been known to produce division I talent and this year is no different as they have several prospects earning BCS offers. One of them is 6-foot-4, 260 pound Trevarris Saulsberry, who is quickly making a name for himself.
Saulsberry plays DT, DE, and TE for a Gainesville High team that finished 14-1 last season and was the state runner-up.
"Things are going great, I've just been working out and getting ready for spring ball," said Saulsberry. "I've been working on my speed and quickness, but have mostly been staying in the weight room and getting stronger."
As a junior Saulsberry registered 50 tackles and four sacks, two forced fumbles and two fumbles recovered, earning second Team All State DL for 4A classification and First Team All Area DL by Gainesville Sun.
"My best assets are my size and speed," said Saulsberry. "For a big man I can move, and I've been told I use my hands real well. My favorite thing to do is sack the quarterback."
Saulsberry was one of hundreds of top Florida athletes that participated in the Nike Football Training Camp held on campus at the University of Florida on Sunday last weekend, and was named as a top performer.
"I liked the camp a lot, it was real interesting, and I was real happy that I was named a top performer, it shows that all my hard work is paying off," said Saulsberry. "There really wasn't any competition for me. I'm not trying to brag on myself or anything, but nobody gave me a tough time out there."
On the recruiting front Saulsberry has five offers from USF, FIU, Marshall, Iowa State, and North Carolina A&T, with Georgia, FSU, Miami, Arkansas and South Carolina showing interest. With all the early interest, Trevarris has an early leader.
"I like the Bulls defensive scheme, I like the coaches, and everything around there fits me," said Saulsberry. "The campus is real nice, they have great facilities, and a good pharmacy program, and they are definitely a team on the rise."
"I like all the USF coaches," said Saulsberry. "Coach Patrick is a real good coach, I like him a lot, and so is Coach McGoeghan, they're both real cool guys. They told me how interested they were in me coming to USF, and like me on the defensive side of the ball."
"I really like Coach Holtz a lot, he's a great coach, "said Trevarris. "He's not too hard you, but is hard on you when he needs to be. I really like his coaching style. "
Saulsberry attended USF's junior day and also caught one of the Bulls scrimmages this spring and like what he saw.
"I really like the way the practice, they were real intense and I really like d it," said Saulsberry. "The defensive runs around the ball, the offense can move the ball, I really like the way they play."
Trevarris also attended USF's spring game last Saturday with his family and teammate Jordan Williams, arriving early so they could check out the USF campus.
"The spring game was a blast," said Saulsberry. "Everything was full speed, full go, the entire game. Before the game we drove around the campus a little bit. It was real nice and I liked the campus center and way the buildings looked. And the facilities were gorgeous."
"I've got to know a few things about the USF football program, but I'm trying to learn more. One thing that stood out to me was the fans, there was a good turnout for the spring game and the attendance was pretty good for a scrimmage."
Saulsberry has now been to USF three times over the spring, and each time he came up with his teammate Jordan Williams, who has also been offered by the Bulls, and the two have aspirations of playing together a the next level.
"Playing together in college is what we're trying to do," said Trevarris. "We used to play together when I was at P.K. Younge, and want to go to the same school as part of a package."
It's early in the recruiting process, and even though he's not ready to make his choice, he does know what he's looking for in a college program.
"I'm looking for a school with a good pharmacy program, and how their academics are," said Saulsberry. "I'm also looking for a good football program, good coaches and a chance to win."
Saulsberry said he also pays attention to players that programs have put into the pros, and one Bulls player who was just drafted stands out to him.
"Yeah I do pay attention to players in the pros," said Trevarris. "Jason Pierre-Paul is a role model of mine for football. I just like the style that he brings to the game. His quickness, his speed, and the moves he does. He's just an amazing player."
Besides visiting South Florida, Trevarris has also had a busy spring checking out college programs that he's interested in. "I've been to South Carolina, Georgia, FSU, Florida, FIU, and I'm planning on going to Arkansas this weekend."
"Right now I don't have a time frame of when I'll make my decision, but by the end of the summer I should."
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