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USF offers Seffner Christian star ... in two sports

Sophomore Michael Trigg has football, basketball offers from the Bulls
Seffner Christian sophomore Michael Trigg has made it clear to colleges, for now, that he'd like to play football and basketball at the next level. (Times 2019)
Seffner Christian sophomore Michael Trigg has made it clear to colleges, for now, that he'd like to play football and basketball at the next level. (Times 2019)
Published May 2, 2019

While it's generally not our custom to lend credence to scholarship offers given to anyone with two or more years of high school remaining, some are impossible to ignore.

Case in point: rangy Seffner Christian sophomore Michael Trigg, who has received football and basketball offers from USF.

Both have come in the last six weeks, affirming Trigg’s enormous potential in both sports. As for his potential to compete in both sports at the major college level? It would be an uncommon ― though hardly unprecedented ― endeavor. But it’s something Trigg wants, at least at this stage.

“That is very true,” SCA football coach Travis Puleo said Thursday. "I will say this: Every recruiter that comes through understands (his desire to play both sports), and I’ve been perfectly clear that, ‘Hey, this is what this kid wants to do and this is where he is today.’

“Two years from now, we don’t know what God’s gonna do in his life. But for today, that’s what he wants to do.”

A tight end/walkup defensive end in football, Trigg (6-foot-3, 200 pounds) broke out this past season with 30 catches for 473 yards and eight touchdowns, earning first-team Class 2A all-state honors.

Boston College, Southern Miss and FAU also already have offered him for football, with more certain to follow.

“We’ve had 11 big-time schools in the last two days come through our school,” Puleo said. “So the offers are gonna start piling up for this kid.”

The same likely will hold true for hoops.

Trigg averaged 20 points this past season for the Crusaders (25-7), who reached the Class 4A state title game. In that final, a 77-73 loss to Fort Lauderdale Westminster, he staged a de facto clinic (33 points, seven rebounds, three assists) and hit 10 of 11 free throws.

Two games before, in the 4A region finals, he scored 25 in a 70-67 victory against Orlando Master’s Academy.

“I know right now, today, Trigg left for another big basketball travel event,” Puleo said. “So he’s literally in and out, even this spring. We’re just kind of working with his basketball schedule right now, to get him on the (football) field as much as we can.”

If Trigg were to sign with the Bulls and play both sports (two humongous ifs at this stage), he wouldn’t be the first.

Former Bulls offensive tackle Kenyatta Jones, who passed away last June, spent the 1998-99 season on USF’s basketball team when injuries besieged the Bulls roster, and appeared in three games. Former quarterback B.J. Daniels appeared in 19 games for Stan Heath’s club in the 2008-09 season.

Contact Joey Knight at jknight@tampabay.com. Follow @TBTimes_Bulls.