Varsity Preps

Ross Trail, #9 in Arkansas 25 for 2015

Photo via Ross Trail’s Twitter

Every coach has an idea of what type of player they want at each positon. At the quarterback position, some coaches have an even more refined idea of this. Bobby Petrino at Louisville is one of those coaches. Petrino loves a quarterback that has a quick release, is deadly accurate, and can make all the throws necessary to succeed in today’s game. That is why Petrino has been hard on the recruitment of Wynne’s Ross Trail. Trail fits that Petrino bill and he should be able to succeed in his system. Trail’s recruitment is not over yet though, but Louisville is trying to close the deal.

The last great Petrino product was Tyler Wilson, during Petrino’s time at Arkansas. Petrino is hoping that Trail can become something similar to the the level of Wilson. Trail has a lot of the same attributes that Wilson did coming out of high school. If there had to be a comparison, Trail is a couple of steps behind Wilson talent wise, but so is Louisville’s competition compared the SEC competition that Wilson faced while at Arkansas. Trail puts the ball on a spot. He can put some touch on the ball and throw over a defender, and put it where the defender can’t reach in and rip the ball free from the receiver. Trail puts great zip on the ball and that is in part to his solid mechanics and footwork in the pocket, and he quick release point. That will serve him well in college, especially in a spread system. Thus why his attractiveness to Bobby Petrino. Trail is 6’3” and around 200 pounds. Add some weight for protection to his body, and Trail should be solid in the pocket with Division I level defenses. The only question I have is how he handles pressure from blitzes and defensive lineman. Trail hasn’t had an issue with that too much and so he may not react well early on with pressure. He can roll out and make throws, but those are by design.

Trail has received a lot of attention, other than his leader, Louisville. Ole Miss is probably the second school for Trail, but they have yet to offer. An offer will likely come though sometime this summer. The two other schools that probably still have a shot at Trail are Cincinnati and Texas. The Bearcats have offered, but the Longhorns have not. There is no inclination that the offer will happen this summer or not. Other offers include, Arkansas State, Memphis and Southern Miss.

The Verdict: Ross Trail is the second best quarterback in the state this year, behind Ty Storey. The difference between those two is the size of Storey, and the arm strength. They are different quarterbacks though, Storey being more of a pro style quarterback and Trail being a spread product. Trail will succeed highly if he ends up at Louisville with Petrino. Petrino has the ability to churn out great quarterbacks and Trail could be that next one.

Pros: Accuracy, Zip, Quick Release

Cons: Weight, Ability to adapt to Pressure

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