Trapp shows patience in recruiting process

Sometimes, when it comes to recruiting, JUCO prospects have to show patience and that's exactly what L.A. Harbor OT Joey Trapp (6-5, 275) is doing. He's spoken to a handful of schools since the end of last season, but all have said they want to see how he does during the first three games of the season before they can start to show him how serious they are about him...

Trapp enjoyed a solid prep career at Peninsula (Rolling Hills, Ca) High School and was unable to qualify, so he decided to enroll at Harbor to continue his football career.

"It was about five minutes away from my home, so that was a big factor for me," Trapp told recently. "I liked the staff here and thought they could help me have a chance at a scholarship if I did well, so that's sorta my goal right now, after helping our team win."

As a freshman, Trapp started all but one game at guard, using his excellent athleticism and strength to help the Seahawks go 9-2 while amassing nearly 500 yards of offense every game.

"I have a 375-pound bench, a 515-pound squat and this spring I ran a 4.89 forty, so the coaches liked that combination," Trapp said. "They wanted to get me in at guard and sort of ease me into things and then this spring I moved over to left tackle which I think is my more natural spot.

"This summer, I really worked on my footwork and my technique and my lower body a lot, just getting ready for what I was going to have to face every week here against the tough teams we face every week."

Recruiting has been steady, but hasn't hit its full stride just yet for the talented tackle prospect, but he said he expects things to pick up after the first three games of the season.

"I talked a lot with Oregon and UCLA in the spring and recently I have been talking to New Mexico State," Trapp noted. "They have all told me they want to see how I do out at tackle in the first three games and then they would get my film and evaluate me a little more.

"I'm not really concerned with it right now because I want to focus on my season, but yeah, I'd love to have some offers, but I can't control that, so I'm just focused on playing football and we'll see what happens down the road."

Trapp is on pace to finish up his AA degree in December and he'll have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

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