Interest is there for local product Sherfield
Trent Sherfield put up numbers last year that should make college coaches pay attention.
Nearly 1,600 passing yards. Nearly 1,100 rushing yards.
All done in nine games for the Danville (Ill.) High School junior.
That averages out to 291 yards of total offense a game.
No wonder Robert Griffin III of the Washington Redskins is his favorite athlete.
Illinois has interest in the local product, who could play roughly 30 minutes from his hometown.
The Illini, though, have not yet offered a scholarship to the athletic Sherfield, who checks in at 6 feet, 2 inches and 185 pounds.
Indiana and Northern Illinois have offered scholarships to Sherfield, along with Football Championship Subdivision and in-state school Illinois State, and the interest in Sherfield is slowly building.
Cincinnati, Nevada and Vanderbilt have also indicated interest, and Danville coach B.J. Luke said Michigan is slated to stop by the school next week.
What position Sherfield winds up playing in college is up for debate, too.
He started last year as the Vikings’ quarterback and free safety, making 55 tackles before a shoulder injury limited him to offense late in the season.
His sophomore season saw him start in the defensive secondary and at wide receiver.
He even played quarterback in a crucial Week 9 game against Normal Community that sealed Danville’s undefeated 2010 season after starting quarterback Dennis Hightower sprained an ankle during the game.
“The biggest thing is they know he’s an athlete that can play,” Luke said. “He can make it as a quarterback, and he’s the kind of kid who can play somewhere else if you need him to. He’s a football player.”
Sherfield said he probably won’t decide on a college until after Danville’s football season ends in either October or November, and said academics is a main prority in choosing a school.
“I’m really just staying on my studies,” he said. “That’s my No. 1 thing. Coach Luke, my mom and my stepdad make that my No. 1 priority out of everything.”
Luke said Sherfield will attend some one-day college camps this summer, but said where he goes probably won’t be determined until after May.
Sherfield attended a few Illinois games last fall and also has been on campus for a few Junior Day visits.
“I like the academics (at Illinois),” Sherfield said. “I know it’s a really tough school to get in to. The coaching staff treats everybody like family.”
Former Illinois cornerbacks coach Steve Clinkscale was the lead recruiter on Sherfield, but now defensive line coach Greg Colby has taken on that role.
If you’re looking for an in Illinois might have with Sherfield, it’s probably Colby.
The Danville native grew up with Luke and was in the school on Monday watching film of Sherfield.
“I know (Colby) was impressed with his ball skills,” Luke said. “He’s recruited my building at different times throughout his career. It’s nice to have a familiar face ... and he’s just a guy you can trust.”