by Lee Brecheen
September 28, 2011 – Most Linebackers you see in high school can play either Outside linebacker or Inside Linebacker at the next level DI, and very few can play both. Trey Granier from Thibodaux High School is built like a Middle Linebacker for colleges. He’s 6-1, 225 pounds, and I would say thick but lean and agile. Most kids that weigh a thick 225 in high school and are under 6-2 in height don’t have the hips this kid has to run and cover a ton of ground in the open field.
Trey can play either Middle Linebacker or Outside Linebacker for anyone in the country, and will for the LSU Tigers in Baton Rouge, where he’s verbally committed for the 2012 class. Outside Linebackers have to have the speed of a safety, yet be tough at the same time, and Trey has both. On the other hand, Middle Linebackers have to be big enough to take on blockers, and fast enough sometimes to cover a Tight End in open field at any given time, and Trey has that as well.
When I watch Trey play, he is the poster boy for Linebacker if you drew one up. He’s fast, he runs with great technique, he runs low like a running back and not high, he reads and reacts with ease, and most importantly he is super strong in his legs and upper body to take on blocks and make tackles with ease.
When you see Trey run the ball as a running back for the team you can tell how gifted he is by the way he runs with vision. He has really good speed and looks like a DI back at times when the team gets him the ball when they’re close or inside the opponent’s 20 yard line. This kid is one of the strongest Linebackers in the state with a 500 pound squat, 330 pound bench press, and a super strong 330 pound power clean.
Even though he times 4.63 in the forty, he looks faster in uniform because of his athletic ability, and his ability to read and get to the ball at any angle like he’s 180 pounds. I also don’t know many 225 pound linebackers throwing the Shot Put over 50 feet in Louisiana.
Trey is good enough right now just athletic and strength wise to play as a true freshman in college in the SEC. By the time he goes through a summer with LSU and their off season training program I can see him going from 6-1, 225 to 230 to 235 pounds of muscle and not stiff with the speed to play any Linebacker position at LSU. Ronnie Feist (4.5/40) from West St. John who is also committed to LSU and Trey Granier both have a chance to play right away at a position where as many as three linebackers could see the field as a freshman or be on the two deep depth chart in 2012 for LSU.
Be sure to check out and order the 2011 Louisiana Football Magazine Preview at www.lafootballmagazine.com/store. We have more coverage on Trey Granier and the Thibodaux High School football team as well as all the High Schools in the state of Louisiana.
I hope you enjoy the interview below by writer Mark Clements
Interview by Mark Clements
LAFM: For starters, what’s your current height, weight and forty time?
TG: 6-foot-1, 225, and 4.63
LAFM: Are you originally from Louisiana?
TG: Yes sir – Thibodaux.
LAFM: Which teams did you root for growing up?
TG: I was a big fan of football but at the same time, I never really had a favorite college team growing up. But it was always the Saints and the Patriots.
LAFM: When did you first start playing football?
TG: I started playing football at seven.
LAFM: Has it always been a big part of your family? Have you had any family members who played football in the past?
TG: My cousin David Butler played at LSU in the nineties. My uncle played previous to him in the early or mid-eighties, he played at LSU. My dad and his two brothers played on scholarships. My dad and my oldest uncle played at Nicholls and the youngest one played at Cincinnati. It’s a long line of football.
LAFM: Do you play any other sports?
TG: I ran track my freshman and sophomore year. My freshman year, I ran the 4×1, the open one and threw shot and discus. Then my sophomore year, I just ended up throwing the shot.
LAFM: Do you play any other positions besides linebacker?
TG: When we’re on the goal line I play running back. I play all three linebacker positions.
LAFM: Is there anyone in college or the Pros that you look up to or try to model your game after?
TG: The one [LSU] had last year, Kelvin Sheppard. He was just able to always know what’s going on on the field and at the same time, he can play any one of the linebacker positions. It was never a problem for him to move around or to stop the run or play the pass. He could do both of them well. Basically just knowing what was going on on the field at all times. You could see him making the checks and making players notice things and stuff like that.
LAFM: What do you think is your biggest strength as a player and what part of your game are you trying to improve upon most this season?
TG: If I had to pick one thing to improve, I would say knowing our opponent and knowing who we’re facing week-in and week-out and doing a lot of good study on them, so we really know what we’ve got to prepare for. My biggest strength is a question I normally don’t answer, but I’ll say basically being a versatility player stopping the run and being able to cover the pass also.
LAFM: Have you been to any camps at this point? If so, which ones?
TG: The national underclassmen.
LAFM: I know you’re committed to LSU, but what other colleges have you received offers from?
TG: Yeah I have offer from USC and an offer from Stanford too. But [LSU] is a strong verbal commitment.
LAFM: Have you thought about what you might want to study in college?
TG: Chemical engineering.
LAFM: What are some goals you’ve set for next season, for yourself and for the team?
TG: The 120 tackle mark is definitely one I want to work at. I want to have a few more interceptions for touchdowns, and try to score at least 12 on offense. Winning State is always our main goal, but you’ve gto to take it one step at a time. We’re looking game-to-game and to win district and fight to get through the playoffs to the championship.
LAFM: Which school is your favorite to play against, or which game gets you the most fired up each year?
TG: Probably South Lafourche – it’s always a physical and it’s always about who’s going to control the line of scrimmage. South Lafourche hasn’t been known to do much fancy, they just like to line up and run the ball. Trying to shut that down is something I take a lot of pride in.
LAFM: What are some of the most memorable games or plays you’ve been a part of?
TG: One of the biggest games that sticks out to me was my sophomore year we played St. Thomas Moore in the first round of the playoffs. We were going to kick the extra point to tie the game and go into overtime and they ended up jumping offsides and we went for two and won it.
LAFM: And lastly can you give us your current GPA and ACT score?
TG: My current GPA is a 3.75 and I have a 19 on the ACT.