Mitchell ATH Ricky Trinidad invited to Miami spring game

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Tue. March 23, 2010 | Izzy Gould | Email

Mitchell rising senior Ricky Trinidad has a drawer full of college letters expressing interest.

USF is looking at him as an athlete. Syracuse, Rutgers, Cincinatti and Iowa State have all dipped their fishing poles in the pond. There are letters from Penn, Darthmouth, Harvard and Lehigh, among others.

And now an invitation to Miami's spring game this weekend.

Mike Trinidad, Ricky's father, said Tuesday he plans to send his son to the game. He also said Miami's track program has expressed interest.

One of the top talents in the bay area, Trinidad rushed for 1,389 yards and 16 touchdowns in nine games. Perhaps his most telling performance was coming back from a back injury in the final week of the regular season. Trinidad rushed for 197 yards and two touchdowns in a 21-17 loss to Land O'Lakes.

What Trinidad lacks in height (he was listed at 5-8, 165 pounds) he makes up for in speed. Last weekend, he finished second in the 200-meter dash (22.43) and fourth in the 100 (11.09) at the USF/Steinbrenner Invitational.

Mike Trinidad said his son is open to being recruited as an athlete, understanding schools might be able to utilize his speed in areas such as the secondary.

Another plus is Ricky's academics. He currently holds a 3.0 GPA.

"We're very proud of him," Mike Trinidad said. "Things will come his way. He's pateint. ...He's open minded about going into a program and fitting wherever they need him."

igould@tampabay.com

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