Not too many sophomores receive BCS offers this early, but then again, not too many sophomores are 6-foot-5, 290 pounds with ability like Trent Maynard has. He was recently offered by Cincinnati, but that early attention has done anything but go to his head.
"It was fun for me. I make sure I set my goals high this season and I wanted to do everything I could to reach them. I was very blessed and thankful for the opportunity I have to play for Decatur Central this season and I'm very happy about what I've been able to accomplish."
Maynard was able to get down to the Queen City and see the Bearcats play in person as well as get a feel for their campus and program.
"When I went down there, it was actually my first college game I've been to so it was surprising to me. They have a great football team, a great history, and they're doing some great things this season. The coaches, they seem like they want to get some business done down there. They really emphasize education and I thought that was really important."
With a lot of time left in his recruitment, it is very likely the Bearcats will have to battle other programs for Maynard.
"I visited Kentucky a few weeks ago. I've been to Purdue and I've had contact with Nebraska, Virginia Tech, Wisconsin, Maryland, Indiana, I think I'm going to make a visit down there this weekend, Louisville. There are about eight to ten schools right now."
Not many sophomores also have a senior like Lukayus McNeil around either. McNeil is being recruited by schools from around the country and has been a positive influence on Maynard on and off the field.
"He's made a huge impact on me. He's a person that motivates me every day to be the player and person that I am. Without him, I don't know where I'd be right now. He pushes me everyday in the weight room and practice and all the other seniors too, it's unbelievable what they've done for me and I can't thank them enough."