Trail Hits Mississippi

Mississippi Scout
Posted Jul 28, 2013

Ross Trail moved from Wynne, Ark., to Olive Branch, Miss., this past spring and he's quickly taken over as the team's starting quarterback. He proved his worthiness at the Hoover 7-on-7 tournament while leading his team to the semifinals.

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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."

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