Olive Branch is the fastest growing community in Mississippi and it looks
like its has picked up a good one in Trail.
"We won three passing tournaments this summer and Ross Trail has been a big
part of our success," Scott Samsel said of his new quarterback. "We
needed to gain some confidence offensively because that's where we've had the
most new faces. I think it's helped in that regard. The way these tournaments
go if you don't score on one drive you may not win, and if you don't score on
two consecutive drives, you know you're not going to win. A lot of times it comes
down to a catch or a pass so a lot of it is luck, but Ross has definitely put
our offense in position to be really successful."
The 6' 2", 200-pound quarterback has brought a lot of intangibles to the
table for Samsel's offense.
"Ross has learned a new system extremely fast. We're a lot further along.
We have about 70% of the offense installed now that we feel comfortable with.
We pretty much have most of it in outside of the play-action stuff. I've never
had anybody in my offense to pick up the system as fast he has. He has a great
mind for the game. Of course his dad was a quarterback at Memphis back in the
80s. He's been raised up with this."
It's not only the mental part of the game that Trail excels in.
"He has a real quick release, and he's fundamentally sound as far as his
throwing motion. I think he has a chance to be a very special quarterback."
Trail's presence has changed the complexity of Olive Branch's offense.
"We've been lucky to have some great quarterbacks. I think he'll be more
in the mold of a Cannon Smith. He's more of a pocket passer where my other quarterbacks
were more of a dual-threat quarterbacks, Sam Craft and Todd Mays especially. Clint
Wilson was a little bit of both. I'd say Ross is more like a Cannon Smith.
He's real smart field general but he'll surprise you with his legs. He can
move. He'll surprise you with his speed. He's a high 4.6 (40-yard dash) guy. He moves well
enough to get out of trouble. We probably won't do as much with the quarterback
involved in the running game as we may had in the past couple of years.
Memphis and Louisville have already offered the rising junior, but
a few more are also taking notice.
“Arkansas and Ole Miss have always shown me lot of interest," Trail
said. "But now Alabama, Auburn, Iowa State, and Missouri have really started
to show me some interest. Things are really picking up. I'm just waiting to
really get my name out since I moved to Mississippi."