Preseason POY: Trent Sherfield (w/our Nifty 50)

Preseason POY: Trent Sherfield (w/our Nifty 50)

DANVILLE — To say that Trent Sherfield is good is simultaneously true and untrue.

The Danville High School senior long ago surpassed the description of “good” on the football field. He was promoted to the Vikings’ varsity unit as a freshman and enters his senior year with an assortment of college scholarship offers. The News-Gazette Preseason Area Player of the Year has given an oral commitment to enroll at Vanderbilt next year.

“Good” is not necessarily a word others would have chosen to describe Sherfield’s behavior in his younger years.

“I was a goofball, kind of the class clown,” Sherfield said.

As a young high school student-athlete, Sherfield found B.J. Luke to be more than the Danville football head coach.

“Coach Luke definitely kept me grounded,” Sherfield said. “He looked after me and checked up on me about every day.

“I thought I’d come in and be the man. Coach Luke got after me a few times.”

Luke acknowledged that he didn’t give Sherfield a pass and, at times, was harsh.

“I’d hold him accountable,” he said. “It wasn’t personal. The personal part was wanting him to be better. He had so much potential. I don’t want to see him not achieve that. He understood it was not personal.”

The key in Sherfield’s personal development, Luke said, was not the guidance he gave or structure he provided.

“A kid that happens to, it’s not just one person,” he said. “It’s not from a coach pushing him. There’s something at home helping the situation. His parents, grandma and uncles deserve credit.”

Those role models, in fact, were positive ones.

“My grandma, my mom, stepdad and uncles gave me real direction,” Sherfield said.

As Sherfield became more serious and committed to his schoolwork, other avenues opened. It hasn’t been an easy road.

“Being a young kid, you want to have fun,” he said. “I chose to be a Division I athlete. I knew there would be consequences. I’d have to sacrifice certain things.

“Friends would want to go out and I’d say, ‘I have to get this (project) done.’ I had to have a strong mentality. I struggled with it my sophomore and junior year, but now it’s second nature.”

It’s not unlike the mentality he needs while being chased on the football field by a 280-pound opponent or when he needs 1 more yard to convert a fourth-down play in the waning minutes of a game where his team trails by a touchdown.

Football is a sport Sherfield started as a 5-year-old with the Carver Park Bears.

Uncles David and Aryn Worthington worked with the youth and “made sure I was tough,” Sherfield said.

He has become a two-way standout for Danville teams that have won 26 of 34 varsity games since he entered high school.

Isolating his best position is no easy task.

“In my opinion, he is as good of a quarterback as there is around,” Luke said. “He throws as good of a ball as anybody I saw this summer.

“He does the right things as far as being a leader. He has the ability to play several different positions. He could be a darn good receiver, and he can play defensive back.”

Vanderbilt was most interested in Sherfield for his defensive prowess. That’s fine with the 6-foot-1, 187-pounder.

“I can excel at quarterback,” he said, “but I like free safety a lot, being able to lock down a top receiver, take an interception back, being electric on defense.”

He will get plenty of opportunities with the offense and defense during his final season of high school competition. Luke won’t restrict his playing time.

“Our best kids will play a lot of downs,” Luke said, “and he will lead the way. He’s fun to coach. He competes, and he likes playing.”

Sherfield is now a role model for his younger brother, 10-year-old Tomas Reed. Sherfield is glad that Luke helped him get straightened out.

“I appreciate that way more now as I look back,” Sherfield said.


Presason Nifty Fifty


Nick Bates Tuscola So. QB

Clay Becker Monticello Jr. LB

Austin Beniach Tuscola Sr. LB

Dylan Bina Georgetown-Ridge Farm/C Sr. RB

Kyle Brazas Westville Sr. QB

Charles Cargo Rantoul Sr. DB

Michael Cler Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley Sr. DL

James Cobbs Urbana Sr. WR

Chris Collier Danville Sr. WR

Cully Day Mahomet-Seymour Sr. DB

Justin Deters Unity Sr. QB

Grant Farchmin Mahomet-Seymour Sr. LB

Jordan Feagin Arthur-Lovington/A-H Sr. RB

Wyatt Fishel Arcola So. LB

Jimmy Fitzgerald Centennial Jr. QB

Tyler Francisco Mahomet-Seymour Sr. RB

Nick Frerichs Sullivan/Okaw Valley Jr. QB

Patrick Ganley Bismarck-Henning Sr. RB

Wilde Garowski Bismarck-Henning Sr. OL

Conner Grace Unity Sr. RB

Seth Griswell St. Joseph-Ogden Sr. OL

Austin Hedrick St. Joseph-Ogden Sr. RB

John Henderson Villa Grove/Heritage Sr. QB

Zach Horatschki Oakwood/A-P Jr. RB

Cameron Hupp Argenta-Oreana Sr. FB

Steve Isbell Cerro Gordo/D-W/Bement Sr. RB

Storm Joop St. Thomas More Sr. QB

Brandon Klein Champaign Central Jr. LB

Braedon Lappin-Pratt Bismarck-Henning Jr. LB

Lane Lindstrom LeRoy Jr. LB

Steven Meade Salt Fork Sr. LB

Brendan Menacher Monticello Sr. DL

Zach Moutria Arcola Sr. RB

Kenny Patton Urbana Sr. LB

Michael Plecki St. Thomas More Sr. WR

Jelani Porter Champaign Central Sr. DB

Trey Porter Argenta-Oreana Sr. OL

Jake Rogers Milford/Cissna Park Jr. LB

Darrien Rose Danville Jr. DL

Austin Rosenbaum Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley Sr. LB

Tanner Russell Urbana Sr. WR

Austin Saathoff Centennial Sr. LB

Drew Schrodt Paxton-Buckley-Loda Sr. RB

Tyler Schuring Arthur-Lovington/A-H Jr. QB

Trent Sherfield Danville Sr. QB

Anthony Vasquez Unity Sr. DL

Josh Wallick Fisher Sr. OL

Logan West Arthur-Lovington/A-H Sr. LB

Dee Woods Cerro Gordo/D-W/Bement Sr. LB

Austin Zirkle Iroquois West/Tri-Point Sr. WR

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