Gretzky Carving Out His Own Niche

The football field, and not the ice like his father, has been where the Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian quarterback Trevor Gretzky has made his own name...

Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian has had four starting quarterbacks in its nine seasons, and all four of those quarterbacks have gone on to play major college football, starting with Joey Halzle (Oklahoma), Jimmy Clausen (Notre Dame), Chris Potter (Boise State as a receiver) and Nick Montana (Washington).

The next in line to start for the Lions is Trevor Gretzky, a 6-4, 185-pounder. And yes, he is the son of Wayne.

But while his dad carved out a legendary career on the ice, it's on the football field, and the diamond for that matter, that Trevor has made a name for himself.

Gretzky backed up Montana in 2009, but should help the Lions make a seamless transition into the Marmonte League when he starts this fall.

Despite not starting until this coming season, there are plenty of schools who have serious interest in Gretzky.

"Arizona State, Miami, UCLA are some of the schools I've heard the most from. I'm pretty open right now, but I'm liking those three." said Gretzky. "Most schools have said they want me to come down and throw this summer and I think I'll head out to a few schools to do that."

Gretzky is planning to make some unofficial visits in the next few weeks, with his father back from the Olympics.

"I'm heading down to Arizona State in about a week and a half and was going to go to UCLA's (on Saturday), but I'm going to do that a little later because of the camp (Steve Clarkson Camp). I've talked with the coaches at UCLA a couple of times and went to a lot of their games," said Gretzky.

Gretzky has spent most of his life in Southern California, but he's more than fine with leaving the West Coast.

"I'd prefer to stay on the West Coast, but I'd be more than happy to go the East Coast and do my thing," said Gretzky.

Gretzky knows his situation is pretty unique, with having to wait his turn, but he's taking that part of the process in stride.

"I'm just working hard every day, and trying not too much to think about it or worry about it. I'm not putting too much pressure on myself. I know I only have one year to prove myself, but I think I'll be fine," said Gretzky.

Gretzky is also a stellar baseball player, with some college interest coming in that sport.

"It's something I've thought about doing in college, but I want to see how things go with football and then make a decision from there," said Gretzky. "UCLA has been pretty interested in me in baseball and so have Arizona State and Arizona."

While his father wasn't a football player, he was plenty familiar with being in the spotlight, something he's helped prepare Trevor for.

"He didn't know much about football, but every sport has something that's universal, so he's been teaching me a lot of things since I was little," said Gretzky.

The Lions lose plenty of star power on offense, namely Gatorade National Player of the Year Malcolm Jones as well as Montana, but with his replacing of Montana, and the return of California Sophomore of the Year Jordan Payton, the cupboard won't be bare for the Lions.

"It's great because Jordan and Blair (Holliday) coming back make receiver our biggest strength," said Gretzky. "All of these guys are going to step up this year."

Gretzky said he'd like to decide relatively early but knows the offers need to be there first.

"In a perfect world for me, I'd probably get it done before my season, so I didn't have to worry about it, but we'll see," said Gretkzy.

Gretzky was one of the standouts at the Steve Clarkson Dreammaker Academy, and plans to do some more camps this spring and summer.

Academically, Gretzky has a 3.5 GPA and will take the SAT and ACT this spring.


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