Trevis McCoy knows this is it. The 6-foot-4, 310-pound offensive lineman from Ormond Beach, Fla. will have one season at L.A. Pierce Community College to make his dreams of playing Division 1 football a reality. McCoy spoke to FoxSportsNext.com on his renewed focus and challenges that await him at his next destination.
"I graduated from Calvary Christian Academy in 2010," said McCoy. "I didn't qualify academically, but had interest from Division One schools such as Marshall, Hawaii, Bowling Green among others. They recruited me up until they found out I wouldn't make it as a qualifier. After high school I went on to Grand Rapids Community College in Michigan, but because of some paperwork issues I couldn't play that year. After spending one year there and not being able to play the game I love, I thought about hanging up my cleats. So I decided to go home and have been attending Daytona State College ever since."
Many players would look give up there, decide on a different career path, and leave memories of gridiron glory behind them. Fortunately for Pierce head coach Efrain Martinez, McCoy didn't give in just yet and willed his way back to football.
"It was on a day right before the August semester of 2012 that I started having the itch to play again," he said. "I sent my film out to several Division 1 schools. The response I received from coaches was overwhelmingly good. They all said I'm extremely athletic and could potentially make a lot of money one day as an offensive lineman. Coach Chris Thomsen, who was at Texas Tech but now is at Arizona State, is a guy I talk to often. He said he likes my play and is willing to come watch me. Coach Bedenbaugh from Oklahoma is also interested in come see me play at Pierce this season. Hawaii, Kansas. Southern Miss, and others have told me they are just waiting to see how I perform this year before they offer me.
"I was originally going to enroll at Pierce in January but the coaches and I thought it would be best if I stayed at Daytona State for one more semester so I can be ahead academically and be a December graduate. I have one season left. I look at this as my last chance at doing something I've dreamed about as a child. That is to play Division 1 football and go pro. I feel pressure to perform. I see my mom working so hard everyday. I know I have the ability to make a better life for her and my family. I have to make it."
McCoy will be in an excellent place to make the next step forward. In the past two years, Pierce has sent 27 players on to Division 1 programs. This year's recruiting class saw Brahmas go to schools like Arizona State, Cincinnati, Kansas, Miami (Fla.), and Texas Tech. McCoy, who projects as a college tackle or guard, knows he'll have a full season in Los Angeles to impress upon prospective coaches what he can do.
"It was Coach Ty Greenwood who recruited me to Pierce," McCoy explained. "He has since taken a job at Kansas. I talk regularly with Coach Martinez, the head coach. I love the guy. I can tell that he will do anything in his power to get you to the next level. They have about seven or eight Division 1 guys a year. I honestly found Pierce by mistake, but I did my research on it and I can't wait to get out there. My goals are to be all-Region at the guard or tackle spot and to help my team win ball games. I promise you i will not be denied. There are a lot of people in my own city who don't think I can do it, but I plan on proving them them wrong this year."
At Calvary Christian, McCoy was an all-State basketball player and says he has the ability to get up and dunk a basketball. He'll arrive in Woodland Hills in June to join his new team hungry, determined, and intent on showing that his early potential has now come full circle.