Bakari Trotter profile
"I signed with Memphis out of high school," said Trotter, "but I was going to be a credit or two short of qualifying, so they wanted me to grey shirt."
Rather than spend a year away from the game, Bakari elected to change his plans and enroll at Northwest Community College.
"I didn't want to miss a year, so I decided to go the Community College route," explained Trotter. "I came here and it's been a good experience for me."
In limited action last fall, Bakari recorded 15 pass receptions for 131 yards and one touchdown. In an attempt to see more snaps, the Horn Lake product agreed to make the move across the line of scrimmage and into the defensive secondary.
"There are a lot of receivers out here, so I moved over to free safety and I love it," said Trotter. "I played some last year on third and long, but this spring I am playing it full time.
"I like all of the action at safety and I love the contact. I like being able to hit."
The move appears to have agreed with Bakari and his recruitment.
"I am hearing some from Mississippi State, Southern Miss, Ole Miss, Memphis and Central Missouri," said Trotter. "I want to go down to Mississippi State for their spring game and my coach is taking me down to see Southern Miss real soon.
"Memphis and Central Missouri have offered me. Memphis is still like home to me, so they are still a school I am very interested in."
Despite some academic issues that slowed him down out of high school, Bakari reports he is on track to graduate from Northwest in time to enroll at his new school in January.
"I will be getting out in December," said Trotter. "I am going good in all of my classes now. I am taking 20 hours and I am going to double up in summer school to be sure I get all of my work done.
"I made some mistakes, but I am doing better now. I don't have anything lower than a C. I am going to be taking some on line courses too, so I am doing everything I can do to be sure I get out in December."
Bakari reports that he is going to take his time looking for the best fit. He wants to take some time to study the depth charts, strengths and weaknesses of the schools who offer him.
"I am not going to be real picky about things this go around, but I am going to really look at the style of defense each team plays," said Trotter. "I am going to look at the small things that make you feel part of the team.
"I just want to find the place that makes me feel the most at home."