After a dramatic improvement from a junior season in which he received only spotty playing time on the junior varsity team, Trevor Ganaway is going to be a collegiate athlete.
The Marceline lineman, listed as 6'4" and 370 pounds in your football programs, will be a Central Methodist Eagle in the fall.
Ganaway spoke upon the daunting battle he fought entering the junior season out of shape.
"I was the biggest kid, I was the slowest kid," Ganaway said. "I didn't get to play that much. I started to improve, and (Marceline head coach Greg) Hough knew it. He started me in spots, and he knew that I could help our run defense. It always worked out with me, I knew the plays as well as anybody.
"It'll be hard to get used to new plays and a new environment with different teammates."
Ganaway finished his senior campaign with 39 tackles for loss, best on the Tiger team by a dozen and a half.
He recorded 41 solo tackles, second on the team behind sophomore standout Colby Sims, and Ganaway's 5.4 tackles per game was also second-best on the Black Swarm.
CMU head coach David S. Calloway says that he may have immediate use for Ganaway, although the transition will not be simple.
"Obviously, his size will help us. He comes from a winning program, and we want kids who know what winning looks like. He's a good all-around young man to bring to our program, and I don't just mean that from a football standpoint.
"A kid with his size and his motor can possibly help us right now. It's just a matter of which side of the ball we want to put him on."
Calloway spoke upon the difficulty of transitioning from high school to college, and the amount of turnover that programs like Central Methodist can have for first-year kids. He spoke upon Ganaway's potential to be a stone in his attempt to lay foundation for a successful football culture.
Calloway, the third-year coach for the Eagles, and Hough expressed similar sentiments about upgrading from high school standout to college-aged young man.
Hough said that he has faith that Ganaway will continue to improve and mature.
"From his junior to senior year, he made huge strides," Hough said. "Here's a kid who, last year, we felt like we could use against teams who loaded the box. This year, the year he had was tremendous, even among other exceptional defensive linemen. Once he got that confidence, and built that gas tank, he was one of the best that we've had.
"The game of football has given Trevor an opportunity to grow up and become a new man. He needs to make the decisions he needs to make, but to have the option to pursue football gives him a lot of opportunities. It's his time."