Colleges expected to flock to Holy Trinity spring football


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Rising junior linebacker Sully Altman, right, will be one of the key players on the field for the Tigers this spring. Altman was named first-team all-state at linebacker last season as a sophomore.

VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala

When you’ve got one of the most highly recruited high school football players in the country on your campus, it sure can spice up spring practice.

That’s exactly what the Holy Trinity Tigers are looking at this year.

Spring practice began on April 24 and will conclude when West Oaks Academy of Orlando comes to Melbourne to play Holy Trinity in the Spring Game at 7 p.m. May 19.

During that time, the Tigers expect to see a lot of faces from important places.

“It’s going to be an extremely busy spring with college coaches,” Tigers coach Nate Hooks Jr. said. “Everybody’s coming.”

The list of colleges expected to be on campus during Holy Trinity’s spring practice sessions includes North Carolina, Tennessee, Auburn, Michigan, Notre Dame, Florida and Florida State.

They will be on hand to check out Holy Trinity’s speedy, versatile four-star recruit Jashaun Corbin.

The rising senior, who was a second-team all-state pick last season after rushing for 1,022 yards and scoring 19 total touchdowns, has been receiving offers from some of the biggest college programs in the country.

In addition to North Carolina, Tennessee, Auburn, Michigan, Notre Dame, Florida and Florida State, Corbin has also gotten offers from UCLA, Oregon, Ole Miss, South Carolina and LSU — to name a few.

The beauty of the situation for Holy Trinity is that while all of these big-time colleges are coming to campus to watch the speedy Corbin put on a show during spring practice, there will be plenty of opportunity for other players to catch the scout’s eyes as well.

And if they can catch a scout’s attention, well, that could potentially lead to their own scholarship opportunities.

“That’s what I tell these guys — he’s bringing them, but you should benefit from the presence of the college coaches,” Hooks said.

Corbin isn’t the only returning Tiger who was named to the all-state team last season.

Sully Altman, a rising junior, was named to the Class 3A first-team all-state defense as a linebacker after recording 100 tackles, 20.5 tackles-for-loss, 10 sacks, 12 quarterback hurries and a blocked kick last season. 

Another veteran, Tyler Forde, should be a standout once again at cornerback.

The Tigers also figure to get a boost from a couple of incoming Middle School All-American players — linebacker Carlos Estronza and running back Keyshawn Spencer.

They will also be part of an influx of young, talented players who should help the Tigers next season.

“This talent is going to be good, but we’re going to be extremely young,” Hooks said. “It will be freshman and sophomore loaded, playing an extremely difficult schedule.”

Holy Trinity’s schedule will be revealed in next month’s issue of the Viera Voice