April 28, 2009

Trail expects path to include UT trip

Lynden Trail knows college football programs across the country are interested in securing his services in the 2010 signing class.

What Trail appreciates even more are those schools who have followed up on his requests for academic information - including most recently the University of Tennessee.

"I think Tennessee is a great program, and I'm considering moving them up higher in my top 10 list," said the 6-foot-7, 210-pound defensive end who has wowed scouts and college coaches with his freakish athleticism. "I like their academic standards and and how they stress academics, and they've sent me packages for my majors. They (the Vols) seem to be caring more than other people right now."

Trail said only two schools have sent the requested information for his intended academic pursuits.

"Telecommunications and agriculture. Tennessee sent me both packets," he said. "So far (Tennessee) and Florida are the only two who have sent me both. That just shows a lot."

First-year Tennessee running backs coach Eddie Gran, the Vols' new South Florida recruiting force who's in the midst of a several-day recruiting trip combing the exceptionally talent-rich Miami-area, visited with coaches at Trail's Booker T. Washington High School in the last 24 hours. Such an emphasis has also helped the Vols improve their standing in Trail's eyes.

"I think I'm going to add Tennessee on my official visits list along with Florida and USC," Trail said. "I've been thinking that ever since (UT's latest efforts). I'd love to get out of the state and see other colleges. I've been on every (major) campus in the state. I feel as if it will be a good experience so I can get out of state and see others colleges."

Competing for the Booker T. Washington track team in both the 4X400 and high jump events, Trail wants to add some weight to his lengthy frame as he prepares for his team's spring game in late-May. He also wants to continue to hone the skills he believes serve him best.

"I think my strength overall is my quickness and the fact that I'm fearless," said Trail, who amassed an astounding 95 tackles, including 22 sacks and two interceptions, in 2008. "I'm undersized for a defensive end (from a weight standpoint), but I feel that nobody can stop me.

"I've always been confident. Some people see it as conceited, but I just see it as confidence. If you don't think you're the best, who will?"

Trail recently notched a personal best in the high jump - 6 feet, 8 inches - in the district meet. Now he's setting his leaping skills on reaching 6-10 and "hopefully the state" track meet.

When summer arrives, Trail will focus on padding his frame.

"I'd love to gain more weight, try to put on 15 to 20 pounds over the summer," Trail said. "It's kind of hard for me because I run track, and I'm highly active and have fast metabolism. When I can start eating (a targeted diet) and lifting weights every day, I believe the weight will come on."

Trail is a four-star defensive end who's in the Rivals.com250 and has double-digit offers from powerhouse programs across the country.

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