Jacob Trussoni accomplished a lot in his three years with the Logan Rangers football team. Now, he wants to take it to the next level.
Trussoni will play in the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl this Saturday in Jacksonville, Florida, one of three premier showcases for promising high school football players. Kickoff is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. from EverBank Field.
"I don't really know what to expect because I'll be playing with some of the best people in the U.S.," Trussoni said. "It's not going to be easy, but I was selected for a reason, so I hope everything goes well."
The program has a track record of producing top NCAA Division I and Division II athletes and providing lesser-known athletes an opportunity to make a name for themselves. According to its website, Blue-Grey's intent is to generate exposure and increase prep athletes' chances of securing college scholarships.
Making it to a bowl isn't easy though, as more than 7,000 prospects compete in the 23 regional and super combines across the country. Trussoni and teammate Zach Moran entered into the Rockford, Illinois, combine last June, where they went through workouts with former NFL coaches, lifting weights and participating in drills. Both advanced to one of five super combines in Canton, Ohio later that month.
Moran said despite being two of the smaller athletes in the building on both occasions, they performed very well. Unfortunately for the senior tight end, only Trussoni was named to the Blue-Grey Bowl.
He couldn't be more proud to see his best friend go on without him though.
"The bowl game itself is a fantastic opportunity for schools to be able to see competitors and I think that will be his time to shine," Moran said. "We worked hard for this opportunity and I'm super proud to see him get on to the next level."
Logan head coach Casey Knoble has seen Trussoni's work ethic in the gym and on the field. He said Trussoni is deserving of this opportunity.
"I just hope he gets a great experience to meet a lot of people, have maybe some opportunities out of it, find a different college or something like that, and just have a great experience," Knoble said.
Trussoni said he's drawn some minor college offers, but is open to playing just about anywhere, though preferably closer to home. A good showing in this week's bowl game could go a long way toward shaping his future.