Rob Trigg is a 6' 3"/240 pound defensive end from Dayton Chaminade-Julienne High School who is one of only a couple dozen juniors believed to have received an early scholarship offer from Coach Dantonio and his Cincinnati Bearcat football program. Bearcat Insider spoke to Rob on May 13th about this offer. "UC is the only written offer, but I've gotten a lot of verbals from Pitt, Kent State and Toledo."
This Division III second team all-state defender has not made any unofficial visits to any schools yet although he was on the Clifton campus last year for a team seven-on-seven camp. Nothing is set in stone, but Rob does have a tentative time frame on how he'll handle his recruitment. "I've talked it over with my parents, and I think I'll wait until my senior season to make a decision." Rob hasn't made any decisions on which schools he'll officially visit.
In evaluating possible college choices, Rob has a set of criteria. " I want a high academic program. I don't want to go to school just to play sports. I'm also looking for a family atmosphere with some diversity on campus." Rob was well aware of UC's excellent track record in graduating its football players. Later we talked about early playing time. That is something Rob would like, but he's also not opposed to being redshirted.
Rob's size could make him a candidate for a position change to college linebacker. He addressed that possibility. "A number of the colleges I've spoken to have said they will keep me at defensive end. I have no problem with my position. I'll play wherever they place me on the field."
Achieving college academic eligibility is not a major concern for Rob. He estimated his current GPA to be a 2.6.
Playing his college ball close to home is something Rob would like to do, but it's not a necessity. "I was looking to stay close to home, and I like being around my family, but I have no problem moving on too."
When asked if he was a fan of any particular school while growing up, Rob's answer may upset some Buckeyes. "I always liked the Michigan/Ohio State game. That's such a big rivalry. I root for Michigan most of the time." Although Michigan and Ohio State haven't been too active recruiting Rob, he reported that Michigan State has been showing serious interest.
As far as summer camps, Rob is planning to go to Michigan State and Indiana. He also wants to go to one day camps at Ohio State and Cincinnati.
Rob reports running a 4.7 second forty-yard-dash during his sophomore year, but a more recent time may have caused some recruiters to hold off on making official offers. "I went to a Nike combine, and I was a little tight. I came in with a 5 flat." The Bearcats' coaching staff obviously believes that 5.0 time is not a true indicator of this young man's ability since they've made Rob somewhat a priority by extending such an early offer.
Bearcat Insider will talk to Rob again after he attends his summer camps.