SAN ANTONIO – Louisiana has always been Trevor Etienne’s home, but with family and strong ties to Gainesville, he became Etienne’s second talented director to leave the state.
Florida first year coach Billy Napier made his first dive into his old treading ground in The Boot, securing a commitment from the four-star defender of Jennings (La.) High School in southwestern Louisiana. LSU and Clemson were other finalists for the Rivals100 recruit.
Etienne, the all-purpose defender No. 2 of the nation, he had favored Georgia, LSU, Clemson and even the Gators at various points in his recruitment. Clemson famously beat out the state Tigers for his brother in 2017, but those closest to the family believed Trevor may be more inclined to stay closer to home. Florida emerged as another likely destination once the Jacksonville Jaguars enlisted his brother in the first round of the May draft. Former Florida assistant Greg Knox, who recruited Travis in the state of Mississippi, laid a solid foundation for the running back of Napier and the new Gators Jabbar Juluke close strong.
IN HIS WORDS
“I used to go to a lot of Louisiana games to watch the manager (Billy) Napier and I like how he handles his attack and what he can do to change that schedule. For me it was a victory “.
“Change is necessary for success. Trainer (Jabbar) July and I met through my brother (Travis). He was around the house and stayed in my recruiting, and in Louisiana we kept in touch and talked for some time. We continued to build that relationship. Coach Knox and I have had an excellent relationship, but also coach Juluke and I have an excellent relationship. “
“The way he (Napier) used the tight end and got the ball rolling… in the SEC you have to be strong and physical. Coach Napier has a great work ethic. He had it in Louisiana and if he moves to Florida, great things will come. “
“The family told me to go where I wanted to go; it was my decision. If I was swinging, then they were rolling. Florida is affordable for the family, but in the end it was my decision. “
REACTION OF RIVALS
The younger brother of first-round draft pick Travis Etienne, Trevor packs a similar skill set in a 5-foot-9, 212-pound shell. The dynamic defender, who has proven to be a home runner as well as a pass receiver, led Jennings to the Class 3A state championship game in his second year before clinching Louisiana All-State honors in 2020-21.
Over the past two seasons, Etienne has amassed more than 3,000 yards and 50 touchdowns. As a senior, he scored running touchdowns as a throwback and passing specialist. All-purpose defender Rivals100 capped his stellar run in southwestern Louisiana with 2,000-yard runs with 30 touchdowns; three more in the return game and two more in passing.
There are no documented track times for Etienne, but he is a compact and elusive runner with outward electric speed and enough power to break long runs. It is a proven product in passing play and is prolific in space, both after the catch and as a return. Being the focus of his high school offense, Etienne was rarely able to be slowed down. After multiple game evaluations, Rivals camped out and throughout the week at the All-American Bowl Etienne continued to improve his track record of proving well in 1-on-1 and a penchant for splash games on open court.
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