BOYNTON BEACH – Trey Ingraham had to make some changes so his talent would shine through.
In his senior season, the St. John Paul 2017 athlete had a total of 21 touchdowns in 9 games. It’s just one reason why he has been selected as our Pat O’Donnell Special Teams Player of the Year.
Ingraham dominated the field on offense, defense, and special teams, which led to him getting picked to play in two All-Star games (Florida vs. Georgia All-Star Game and LRSIF All-Star Game).
“I knew I what I was capable of,” he said. “I just had to show it.”
After three years at Santaluces, Ingraham made a transfer move to Pope John Paul for his senior year of high school. But the transition wasn’t initially as smooth as he thought it would be.
“It took me a while to get adjusted to it, but I felt like it was the right move,” he said. “I came in and started off where I left.”
Ingraham said he had to change his football mindset and approach to daily training and preparation.
“I started hanging around people that were on the same mission as me,” he said. “In order to become a better player, you have to learn from others that are where you want to be.”
Ingraham would frequently study some of his favorite players that are similar to his body frame, speed, and overall play. One of his favorite players to mock is former Glades Central player and 2013 alum William Likely III, who has played at Maryland for the past four seasons.
“I watch William Likely a lot,” he said. “He plays a lot of positions as well, and I’m a big fan of him.”
Ingraham makes sure he keeps solid relationships with players such as Zach McCloud, a former Santaluces player who is now excelling at the University of Miami. McCloud is one of Ingraham’s closest friends.
“Zach and I talk almost every day,” he said. “He gives me some insight on the college life.”
At this time, Ingraham is at a standstill with his recruiting process. He has received three offers from Akron, Memphis, and Ave Maria, plus interest from schools such as like UCF and FAU.
However, Ingraham has scheduled to retake his SAT exam in the coming weeks. He is hoping for a higher score to boost up his recruiting process.
“I’m looking to make more visits once I’m done with testing,” he said. “I want to find a school where the coaches are really hands-on. I look forward to playing whatever position they want to place me at.”
It was a bittersweet senior season for Ingraham, as St. John Paul II finished this past year with a 2-8 record. If Ingraham could, he would exchange his touchdowns for wins.
“I knew I was going to blow up this year because I was ready,” he said. “But I wish we could have won more games this season.”
Despite his team’s tough season, Ingraham was able to show everyone what he was made of. And through it all, he displayed a remarkable level of appreciation for his accomplishments, which includes the Pat O’Donnell Special Teams Player of the Year.
“I’m really grateful to be able to win this award,” he said. “I’m very thankful that I’m able to play the game that I love. I want to thank my whole team, and especially my offensive line for making the way. I also give thanks to my quarterback Ryan Rizk, who’s such a great athlete for always putting on the money for me. And to my coaches, I thank them for sticking with me through this long process.”