Mitchell's Ricky Trinidad visiting Nebraska-Kearney this weekend



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Fri. January 21, 2011 | Bryan Burns

Mitchell senior running back Ricky Trinidad will make an official visit to the University of Nebraska-Kearney this weekend, and Trinidad hopes that the Division II school will extend a scholarship offer during his trip.

Trinidad suffered a season-ending ACL tear in his knee in Mitchell's third game of the 2010 season against Clearwater Central Catholic. Despite carrying the ball just 30 times this season, Trinidad gained 609 yards, scored seven touchdowns and was selected to the all-Sunshine Athletic Conference first team by Pasco County's football coaches.

Last season as a junior, Trinidad was a Times' first team all-North Suncoast selection after rushing for 1,389 yards and 16 touchdowns.

After sustaining the knee injury, Division I-AA Georgia Southern pulled its scholarship offer to the 5-foot-8, 170 pounder. Trinidad thought he still had an offer from Youngstown State, another I-AA school, but the senior said he hasn't heard from the Penguins' coaching staff in months and he figures his offer from them is no longer on the table.

Trinidad said he hopes to make a decision on his future within the next two weeks.

Times staff writer Bob Putnam contributed to this report 

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