Olive Branch defeated Memphis Ridgeway 38-22 Friday and a large part of it
was due to the play from their new quarterback.
"It was exciting, you know," Ross Trail said right after the game. "Coming
out here and the fans. It is a really exciting place to play, and we have a
lot of playmakers. We played great defense, and our offensive line played great."
Was he a little nervous taking his first snap as a Conquistadors ?
"I was a little nervous until that first snap and then it was all good."
What is the biggest difference from Arkansas to Mississippi football?
"There are a lot more playmakers in Mississippi. It is a lot more upscale
football in Mississippi and a lot more linemen. I am not dishing Arkansas by
any means. I had a great time playing up there, but it is what it is."
How has it been playing for head coach Scott Samsel?
"Coach Samsel is really calm and teaches me the finer points of his offense
and really helps me out. He has been great to me and all of my teammates. I
can't say enough good things about coach."
One that that surprised the viewers watching the game is Ross' ability to evade
the pressure and get down the field. We call that sneaky feet.
"I do have sneaky feet. I am a little slippery. I feel like I am calm and
poised out there and do not get too excited. I am steady back there."
Trail's poise in the pocket was also noticeable in his first game as he was
side step a defender and keep his eyes down the field.
"That is just something we work in practice. You just have to feel it.
It can be taught but really I was just born with it."
What did Ross take away from this game and where does he go next?
"Now I know the feel and how the OL is going to work and the plays our
receivers can make. I will be a lot more comfortable next game."
Which schools are heavily involved right now?
"Ole Miss, MSU, Vandy, Indiana, Wisconsin, Arkansas, Tennessee, Auburn,
offered by Memphis and Louisville, and Iowa."
Who is closest to offering next?
"I am thinking that Ole Miss is right down the road, and they have not
offered a 2015 quarterback yet, and I would love to be that guy. They said they
are going to watch me this fall and tell me what they think at the end of it,
but I have a good relationship with coach (Dan) Werner and (Hugh) Freeze. They
are great coaches and it would be a great offense to play in and it's right
down the road."
Trail followed the Ole Miss head coach while he was the coach at Arkansas State
during his prep days at Wynne, Ark.
"I really did keep up with him pretty closely. It is up tempo and powerful
and they put up a lot of points."
What is MSU saying?
"I got invited to their Big Dawg camp and I am getting a lot of mail from
them. I never got a chance to go over to their camp, and I have not really been
talking to them on the phone or anything."
Ross' father was a quarterback at Memphis. How does that play a role in his
"I know coach (Justin) Fuente well and he is a good coach. I love being
around him, and he is a great guy. My dad was a quarterback over there, and
it is just a good place. My father just wants what is best for me. He does not
want to make my decision for me. He wants to pick wherever I want. I want to
be able to get along with the coaches and sit down with and not even talk about
football. Just get along with. That is all I am looking for in a college."
Yancy Porter is the Mississippi Scout for Scout.com and he can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org