Getting Corbin the ball will be crucial for Holy Trinity


Holy Trinity’s Jashaun Corbin is a dynamic playmaker for the Tigers, who have opened spring practice. (Photo courtesy of Matt Starkey)The plan for the Holy Trinity football team this spring is pretty simple:

Find ways to get Jashaun Corbin the ball.

“Get our best player the ball with our best plays,” head coach Nate Hooks Jr. said. “It’s not rocket science.”

Holy Trinity will host Lake Placid in its spring game at 7 p.m on May 22.

The Tigers will have a lot of holes to start filling this spring with the graduation of players like record-setting quarterback/safety Daniel Welch and J’V’on Butler, a linebacker/tight end who broke the school’s receiving records.

Hooks said the Tigers will have a lot of young players manning a number of positions next season. In that regard, this spring will be crucial toward their development and getting them prepared for varsity-level football this fall.

One key returner will be 6-foot-3, 255-pound center James Rauhofer, who will be a senior next season.

Cameron McKenzie, meanwhile, has got plenty of size at 6-foot-9, 315 pounds. Born in England, McKenzie played in his very first football game against defending 2A champion Victory Christian last season.

Hooks plans to move McKenzie from tackle to guard, where he won’t have to worry about operating in space.

 “He’s bigger, stronger, faster and after his first six football games, he’s starting to better understand football,” Hooks said of McKenzie.

Then there is Corbin, who was second on the team with a Holy Trinity freshman-record 41 receptions for 454 yards and four touchdowns last season.

Hooks believes the 6-foot, 179-pound rising sophomore is a Division I prospect. Colleges are already showing interest in Corbin, who doesn’t have blazing speed, but nevertheless jumps out on film because of his hands, instincts, size and his obvious playmaking ability.

In fact, because Corbin is expected to draw so much attention from opponents, it could help others make big plays.

“You know what, our coaches say he’s got ‘it,’ ” Hooks said. “That’s what he has. I could show you less than one minute of highlights of this kid and you would say, ‘(Wow).’ I guarantee you.

“Those are the kind (of players) that coaches want.”