Marquez Trigg can finally exhale.
The talented Glasgow High School tailback announced Wednesday on his Twitter account that he has committed to play football next year at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green.
“It feels really good. It feels good to know I have a school, have decided where I am going and have it all together,” Trigg said. “It feels really good.”
“I think it is a great fit. You think about the past few years at Western with (former tailback) Antonio Andrews and all the success he had,” said Glasgow football coach Rick Wood. “I know (new WKU) coach (Jeff) Brohm’s system is very similar (to former WKU coach Bobby Petrino’s system).
“Since he was the offensive coordinator there last year, I am sure it will basically be the same or very similar. I think it is a great fit and we’re excited for Marquez and his family. It is a great moment.”
There’s little wonder why Glasgow football games over the last three years have been frequent stops for college football coaches. And there is little wonder why many of those coaches came to watch Trigg run.
Over his career, the rising senior has rushed for 3,101 yards on 437 carries for an average of 7.1 yards per attempt. He has also garnered 49 touchdowns. During that time, Trigg helped the Scotties to a 34-6 record, including a spot in the Class 2A state final in 2011.
“There were some other schools in the running, but I always had a pretty good idea Western was going to be the school I go to,” Trigg explained. “(And) that’s because I feel like I fit into their style of football. I (have met and) really like the coaches. I like everything about it.”
“Marquez has a unique style of running,” Wood said. “He is one of those backs that really runs behind his pads, so to speak. He’s got great vision and good moves. He’s got that combination of power and speed that coaches look for.”
Trigg said besides looking forward to having a successful season with the Scotties in 2014, he also wants to use that season as a starting point in his preparation for his college career.
“I want to work on getting stronger and faster, that’s the main thing. The second thing is the mental game,” Trigg said. “I want to work on learning the playbook, all the blocking schemes.
“I am going in (to WKU) with the attitude of I want to play. That’s always been my goal, going in with the attitude, the mindset that I am going to play no matter what. As long as everything goes well, I am going to work hard, learn the playbook and see what the outcome is.”
Wood believes Trigg will make that transition from high school football to college football without much difficulty.
“So much of it, to me, comes from your work ethic. That’s something Marquez has definitely got. It is a business and it is a lot of work,” Wood said. “You’ve got to take care of your business in the classroom. That’s his big advantage. As good of a player as he is, he’s a better kid. He takes care of his business in the classroom, the community and on the field. There is no doubt in my mind he will be very successful.”
Trigg said there’s a lot of people to thank for helping him over the years.
“I want to thank all the coaches that have coached me throughout my life and I want to thank all the Glasgow fans that have supported me,” Trigg relayed. “And more important than anything, I want to thank my teammates.”