April 16, 2012
Army commit Huff is ready to get going
Trevin Huff is still a 6-4, 270-pounder -- his football season height and weight last fall at Tallahassee (Fla.) Lincoln High School -- but his frame appears to be blocking out more of the sun these days.
"Some of my teammates say I look a lot bigger," said Huff, an Army Class of 2012 commit who will begin his college football career at the USMA Prep School.
Huff's new look comes from shedding baby fat and replacing it with muscles gained in the weight room. Some high school football players transition from their fall season to the basketball court, wrestling room or an offseason weightlifting program. But each winter Huff took hitting the weight room one step further.
He competed for Lincoln's weight lifting team against other Florida high schools.
"Weight lifting can be your best friend in football," said Huff, who plans to make himself at home in Army's weight room. "I feel like I'm a lot stronger than a year ago. But I know I can still get stronger and more explosive."
Huff advanced to the regional finals in the recently concluded Florida weight lifting season. He said he improved his bench press from 275 pounds as a junior to 335 this year and from 255 in the clean-and-jerk to 290.
With weight lifting season finished, Huff said he's starting the offseason conditioning program that Army sent him while also competing for Lincoln's track and field team in the shot put.
Rivals.com rates Huff as one of Army's top recruits as a 2-star prospect. He had early offers from Southern Mississippi -- a Top 25 team last year whose coach, Larry Fedora, has moved on to North Carolina -- and Florida Atlantic. But when Southern Mississippi of Conference-USA and Florida Atlantic of the Sun Belt Conference backed off, Huff was planning to attend Bethune-Cookman of the Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA).
That was before Army entered the picture late and provided him the Division I Football Bowl Subdivision opportunity he desired. He's used the lack of Division I FBS recruiting attention as motivation in the weight room.
"I think I can play at this level," Huff said. "I want to compete against Division I competition. I like the exposure and the chance to play on TV."
Huff was recruited as an offensive lineman and prefers playing in the offensive lineman. But with his new physique, he might just weight lift his way over to the other side of the ball. He expects to eventually play at 290 pounds or a little more in his college career.
"I'm pretty much planning to play offense, but they're going to give me a shot on defense," Huff said. "I've always played offense. It's the position I like. I like being aggressive on the offensive line."
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