Trent Tompkins received a surprise phone call on the evening of Feb. 28 in Fresno, right after throwing the football around with his club team DB Guru.
The 2019 Fresno (Calif.) Central quarterback huddled around with his club teammates when his coach Tony Perry had him take a phone call…which led to a life-changing moment for the rising sophomore: An offer from the University of Nevada, his first scholarship offer.
Just like that, the 6-foot-1, 200-pound Tompkins went from a prospect hearing from college coaches to officially joining the offer list for the ’19 class.
“Tony Perry called us all in a huddle and put coach (Courtney) Viney on the phone and he said ‘Congratulations Trent, we are offering you a full ride scholarship to the University of Nevada.’ And my heart just stopped and I was trying to process everything that was going on,” Tompkins told Scout. “It honestly feels truly amazing knowing that all your hard work that you put in is paying off, plus the work that you did to try and get noticed and get yourself out there by going to camps and 7on7 tournaments just makes you feel a way that I can't even describe.”
Tompkins ascended to prep stardom after a breakout sophomore season that saw him throw for 3,118 yards, 36 touchdowns and seven interceptions…all while leading the Grizzlies to a historic 11-2 season that included a perfect 5-0 record in the Tri-River Athletic Conference - long considered the toughest conference in the Central Section with the likes of traditional powers Clovis West, Clovis North and Clovis High.
One thing about Nevada that already piques Tompkins’ interest is the fact that the Wolf Pack have a long history of offering and landing players from the 559 and the 661.
“It's very cool knowing that a lot of people I know have offers to Nevada, plus already have a chance of going there. It just brings me closer to them and the school by knowing what their program is all about and the campus all around,” Tompkins said.