The Nokomis High School passing attack was vicious in 2018 and now one of the stars of that high octane offense has the opportunity to try his luck at the next level.
In May, Trevor Wright signed to play football and continue his education at McKendree University in Lebanon.
"Coach (Paul) Watson really helped me a lot and he said it was a good school," said Wright, who also mentioned that former Assistant Coach Seth Jonas attended McKendree. "It's small too, and I liked that."
While the coziness of both McKendree (2,937 students) and Lebanon (population of 4,417) both fit Wright's style off the field, there is nothing diminutive about the season he had in 2018.
In an offense that threw for 1,613 yards (and rushed for 1,143 more), Wright was one of quarterback Alex Tosetti's top weapons. In nine games, he would catch 32 passes for 526 yards, an average of 16.4 yards per reception. Wright also scored six receiving touchdowns and seven TDs overall as he led the team with 44 points.
When the Redskins didn't have the ball, Wright proved his worth in the secondary, recording 18 tackles and earning honorable mention honors as a defensive back to go along with his first team honors at wide receiver.
Wright was one of six freshman receivers to sign with the Bearcats, who went 6-5 overall last year. In those 11 games, McKendree averaged 444.5 yards of offense, just over half of which came through the air. McKendree opens up their 2019 season against Northern Michigan University in Marquette, MI, on Saturday, Sept. 7.
While it may be a year or so until Wright makes the varsity squad in the McKendree system, Coach Paul Watson knows his former player has the work ethic to become a difference maker.
"One thing with Trevor is that he's overcome so much adversity," Watson explained. "His sophomore year, he broke his collarbone and missed the whole season. He was going to be our number one receiver his junior year, came down wrong, got a stress fracture in his foot and missed that season too."
But Wright recovered from the injuries and spent extra time in the weight room and at wide receiver camps to make the impact he did in 2018.
"He's a quiet kid, but his results on the field speaks for itself," Watson said.
Wright's coach said that he believes that his top receiver has the size and work ethic to do big things at McKendree in a year or two.
"Their coach came in and told him not to expect to be all-conference or anything his freshman year," Watson said. "He's a 19-year-old kid competing against 20 and 21-year-olds who have been in the weight room and know the system. But I think Trevor knows that he'll have to work for it and is ok with that."
Wright's signing doesn't just have potential positive results for his new team though; it could also affect his old squad.
"Whenever we are out there talking to kids about football, we can say 'look at Trevor' or 'look at Brayden (Sabol)' or 'look at Connor (Engelman)' and they can see what the future could be," Watson said, mentioning two class of 2018 grads who are also playing football in college.
Even without his future college career, Wright's path is a good example for young Redskins. Life is going to throw some obstacles in your way, like injuries, but with some hard work, you can overcome them.