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Kentucky high school team in line for national title, filled with recruits

Most people around the state who follow the high school scene know about Trinity High School in Louisville, and their football dominance.  They have won 8 out of the last 11 state titles in the state’s top class, and are tied with Highlands for the most state titles in state history.  But this year, that team may be entering new ground and could be in line to win a mythical national championship.  The Shamrocks traveled to Cincinnati last Friday to play that city’s top team, St. Xavier, which is ranked in all national polls, as is Trinity.  They came away with a 17-7 win.  Trinity now owns wins over 2 of the best teams of Tennessee and 2 of the best teams in Ohio.  They still have games against one of the best teams in Indianapolis and Cincinnati Moeller, which is ranked in the Top 20 nationally.  Point being, if Trinity is able to run undefeated through their schedule, many believe they would be crowned national champs.

So, why should you care?  Well, you should care because their junior class may be the most loaded in state history.  Inlcuded in that class are:

Jason Hatcher: 6’3” DE and LB

James Quick: 6’1” WR (with 4.4 speed)

Travis Wright: 6’0” QB

Daylen Dawkins: 5’9” ATH 

Joey Bloomfield: 6’3”, 303 lb OL

Ryan White: 5’10” 178 lb DB

According to, UK has already offered Hatcher and Quick, and is recruiting the rest of that class except for Wright.  Joker Phillips is known as a top-notch recruiter, and has ruled Louisville for quite some time, but never had the city seen a haul at one school like this one.  It will be interesting to see if these guys try and become some type of package deal, and if so, can Kentucky cash in on that.

Article written by Bryan the Intern

56 Comments for Kentucky high school team in line for national title, filled with recruits

  1. bigbluedude
    6:17 pm September 20, 2011 Permalink

    joker needs to hire trinity’s recruiting co-ordinator

  2. matt
    6:28 pm September 20, 2011 Permalink

    im sorry but travis wright is not a big time college QB. If you’ve seen him play you know what I’m talking about. He hardly moves and plays flat footed. Decent arm. James Quick is the REAL DEAL however.

  3. matt
    6:30 pm September 20, 2011 Permalink

    Dawkins is up there with Quick too, jukes himself out of his own shoes. sick moves

  4. lpool003
    6:30 pm September 20, 2011 Permalink

    I don’t know how accurate this is but I have heard James Quick (who is probably the best player on the team) is a big UofL fan…

  5. πάππας
    6:31 pm September 20, 2011 Permalink

    Looking forward to the Highlands fans responses.

  6. DB11
    6:43 pm September 20, 2011 Permalink

    yeah, don’t care. when your high school is completely dominated by males and your football team gets over 100 new freshman a year, it’s pretty easy to be good at football. add in the money to pay for coaches, state of the art facilities, and the ability to recruit, it’s nowhere close to fair for the public schools that are forced to play against them.

  7. TrinityTim
    6:50 pm September 20, 2011 Permalink

    The Rocks are LOADED this year and for years to come! I personally walked out of the Trinity / Montgomery Bell game with James Quick’s Grandfather. He told me his son (James’s dad) played at UL and they are hoping he goes there. He has offers from everyone (UK, UL, Alabama, Arkansas, Oklahoma, etc.). I think we will miss out on Quick but Coach Phylips needs to be visiting Shelbyville Road as much as possible the next few years. Hatcher is a BEAST!! Daylen Dawkins reminds me of Tim Phylips who graduated from Trinity two years ago and play for Centeral Michigan (the team we played before UL).

  8. UKGoBigBlue
    6:54 pm September 20, 2011 Permalink

    We should have hired Trinity coach; Trinity offense right now could probably beat UK offense.

  9. WatchAndSee
    6:55 pm September 20, 2011 Permalink

    If seen Trinity play, and they are without a doubt one of the best high school football teams I have seen in a while (including 2002 Trinity)

    But I watch high school football all over the state, and IMHO the best junior in the state is in UK’s backyard. Kentayvus Hopkins at Bourbon County is one of the best running backs I have seen in Kentucky High school football since Shaun Alexander. The kid is further along right now then Derek Homer and Artuse Pinner both were as Juniors (Even if Pinner was 22 in the 11th grade).

    If you get a chance to watch him play you need to. His line is pretty bad, so its hard to get a gauge on how good he is at first, but once you see him a few plays you’ll understand.

  10. kingstrong55
    7:00 pm September 20, 2011 Permalink

    Quick and Hatcher are the two to get out of this group. I hear often Quick is a UL fan and will likely end up there and Hatcher will probably go to an top out of state school.

  11. Boom baby
    7:06 pm September 20, 2011 Permalink

    I graduated in ’06 from Trinity and spent a few years on the roster- it was hard work to play for the team. Anyone who says THS only wins because of recruiting should look at where the players come from.. Most players on this team came out of catholic grade schools within the city. A small majority are from the public school system. Discipline is what makes Trinity so good.

    I love seeing Luke McDermott, Ryan Tydlacha, and Nick Mellilo playing for the good guys, but it would be even sweeter if more joined!

  12. Joker Sucks
    7:11 pm September 20, 2011 Permalink

    “Joker is a top-notch recruiter.”


    Joker is a JOKE. Thanks to him, we’ll all be sitting at home watching other bowl games on TV, cause UK ain’t going bowling this year. Joker freaking sucks and so does Morgan Newton. He spends more time going backwards than forwards.

    Bring on basketball!

  13. henry clay
    7:11 pm September 20, 2011 Permalink

    trinity is a bunch of UofL kids in high school

  14. Trading Places
    7:18 pm September 20, 2011 Permalink

    Too bad Matt Jones makes fun of Trinity kids for acting like wanna be thugs. No, recruits for you!

  15. Boom baby
    7:23 pm September 20, 2011 Permalink

    #13- Really? I beg to differ. You are correct that Trinity students find their way to Louisville, but they also find their way to Lexington too. There are actually three athletes from THS on both squads. One of which was our “MVP” against WKU! It’s interesting that family ties to programs don’t really pave the path for future athletes either…. Ryan Tydlacha’s brother Wade kicked for UL, William Stein’s (UL’s QB) father played DLine for UK, and now that apparently James Quick has a family member with ties to UL may mean he breaks that idea and joins the cats! It’s really up in the air!

  16. Nick Petrino
    7:33 pm September 20, 2011 Permalink

    11) discipline? hahaha thats hilarious smoking weed at school doesn’t even get you suspended if your on the football team and we all know who that was, and he was not the only one in past years. There recruiting is better than Kentucky’s. Their basketball team has even recruited enough to become relevant.

  17. FL and TX high school
    7:35 pm September 20, 2011 Permalink

    We would crush Trinity

  18. OC
    7:40 pm September 20, 2011 Permalink

    if it wasn’t for andrew coverdale, beatty wouldn’t be ish

  19. joker
    7:42 pm September 20, 2011 Permalink

    the adopt a rock program has paid off

  20. Boom baby
    7:43 pm September 20, 2011 Permalink

    16- Nick Petrino was a f*** like his old man. Any person affiliated with the school would agree.

  21. cats11
    7:48 pm September 20, 2011 Permalink

    13. Actually Trinity is 50/50 with UK/UL like the rest of the city. Jones just chooses to bash them for some reason.
    17. You wouldn’t come within two touchdowns of Trinity.

  22. FL and TX
    7:52 pm September 20, 2011 Permalink

    the funny part is you really believe that because you beat some ohio teams. the tennessee teams are down this year. You should have played that South carolina team came to play in louisville they are better than any team you have played this year.

  23. Coach BB
    7:55 pm September 20, 2011 Permalink

    #21 Wrong. The players listed are going to the Ville. You can thank a long tradition with UL and your crazy fans.

  24. john hood
    7:57 pm September 20, 2011 Permalink

    21) you are probably one of those grown men that sit up in the stands at trinity and think you still go to trinity and live vicariously through your kid.

  25. Miller
    7:57 pm September 20, 2011 Permalink

    22. Dude who cares about tx and fl high schools were in ky.

  26. john hood
    7:58 pm September 20, 2011 Permalink

    23) them to have fun playing in a div 2 conference

  27. FL and TX
    7:59 pm September 20, 2011 Permalink

    I thought you were going for a national title

  28. TrinityTim
    7:59 pm September 20, 2011 Permalink

    #17, Have you personally seen Trinity play football this year? They are so good, they would beat UK on their own field! Why? Because they are a disciplined football team coached by one of the best high school coaches in the nation. I wish the coaches at Trinity were coaching at UK. That’s how good they are!!

  29. Andrew Coverdale
    8:01 pm September 20, 2011 Permalink

    trinity tim you can thank me and everyone knows it. Did beatty get those boys recruited or was it someone else because he is known for not helping with that.

  30. Hambone1480
    8:08 pm September 20, 2011 Permalink

    It is still up in the air where many of these guys end up. As a Trinity fan and graduate, I have watched a few games over the last year and a half. That stated, Quick is awesome but my favorite player of all is Ryan White – a DB. Kid is a really, really good football player who just has a nose for tackles and he is very tough. He also is loaded with athleticism and can really play with some skilled receivers. I believe he won player of the camp at UK this past summer and he could very well be a future player.

    And to 22, are you saying that all the nation’s prep rankings are wrong and Trinity couldn’t play with the top teams? You are nuts. This is a DOMINANT football team and one who can beat any high school team in America. Keep hatin’ fool. You’ll be seeing the USA Today with Trinity as no.1 soon enough.

  31. cats11
    8:16 pm September 20, 2011 Permalink

    24. Actually I graduated from THS two years ago. You’re wrong across the board. And, unless you’re name’s John Hood, you’re using another dudes name, which is kinda weird.

  32. sluggercatfan
    8:31 pm September 20, 2011 Permalink

    #4..003…Pretty sure Daddy played at Louseyville and have read that he said everyone is on the radar except KENTUCKY..Family hates KENTUCKY..Same with Dawkins

  33. not joker
    8:33 pm September 20, 2011 Permalink

    I wish I could recruit like Trinity.

  34. Flippy23
    8:38 pm September 20, 2011 Permalink

    This Trinity team is among the best teams ever assembled in Kentucky football history. They are absurdly talented, particularly at wide receiver…..James Quick is a Reggie Wayne clone, only faster…….

  35. Matt's Barber
    8:40 pm September 20, 2011 Permalink

    All of those guys were guests of UK’s this past weekend. Great decision on our part.

  36. Anthony
    9:03 pm September 20, 2011 Permalink

    Beating Cincinnati St.X is no small feat most years. That doesn’t matter if you are from Texas, Florida, California, or Trinity.

    In any given season there are only a handful of teams that could play and sweep our GCL triumvirate of Elder, St.X, and my Moeller Crusaders. On occasion even LaSalle can be a tough out.

    I cannot wait for the matchup of Trinity and Moeller even if it is on the road. Whether or not our starting QB is available I won’t know until this week, but the WR match up in that game will be an excellent one. Monty Madaris is an underrated by rivals WR. He and Quick will be fun to watch.

  37. GreenGold2BlueWhite
    9:07 pm September 20, 2011 Permalink

    #11..Boom baby, even though I went to St.X at least we can agree on this.
    I wasn’t a player but I was a trainer/manager for the X football team in the mid-nineties. I would expect that Trinity is similar but the extent of recruiting at St. X at least was telling the players that when they go back to watch their grade school games on Sundays, talk up the school. Most…MOST, not all, kids at Trinity and St.X came from the Catholic grade schools around Louisville and surrounding counties. Those kids start playing football for their schools starting in 5th grade (3rd if you count flag football). Most of the guys in my grade school class, esp. the ones that played sports, (football mainly) already knew by then that they either wanted to go to Trinity or St.X.
    For those crying out that we have so many unfair recruiting advantages…I’m looking at you, #6, I’m sorry that St.X has almost 150 years of academic and athletic tradition and excellence to help draw the best and brightest. At Trinity, it’s the same, they just haven’t been around as long. Many of the players on St.X’s teams when I went there had better GPA’s than I did, and I was in the top 25% in my class. Most of the jocks had brains too. But I guess since St.X has won the State title in swimming for 23 consecutive years means they have been recruiting all of the badass 8th grade swimmers from the public school system. At some point, schools like Trinity and St.X don’t have to actively recruit athletes because the schools’ reputations speak for themselves. Since many of the graduates from St.X and Trinity go on to be successful business and community leaders, there is a lot of money that gets donated to both schools…hence the best athletic facilities and learning environments for students in the state.

  38. sam
    9:13 pm September 20, 2011 Permalink

    I have classes with all of these kids and well travis wright is the only one uk could get. Jason Hatcher was laughing at the fact that uk lost to uofl and was talking about how both programs sucked and how he wants to play on the west coast. James Quick wants to go to arkansas or lsu and bobby petrino came and met with him in our geometry class last year so good luck.. Also joey bloomfield transferred to ballard last year but uk could get him GO cats!

  39. Jimmy Buffett
    9:20 pm September 20, 2011 Permalink

    Quick has an offer to go to Alabama and is considering UL? ……. Wow, he needs to have his head examined.

  40. 44 Stitches
    9:20 pm September 20, 2011 Permalink

    That is sad that a high school has won 8 out of the last 11 state titles in any classifacation in any state. That shows how much of a joke high school football is in Kentucky.

  41. William
    10:38 pm September 20, 2011 Permalink

    i really dont know why people complain about recruiting!!! they are 8th graders and most come from the catholic school system!!! Trinity would be out of this world if you give them as many natural athletes as central or PRP has. The difference is Trinity football is year-round conditioning and camps in the off season its a lot dedication but it pays off. And the whole long tradition with Louisville is crap! i hate to say it but Trinity was supplying Tennessee with athletes through the 80’s 90’s not so much nowadays big schools want speed and thats in the far south. Hell Brohm almost didnt go to Louisville from what i heard

  42. Catsfan
    11:38 pm September 20, 2011 Permalink

    27. “Trinity would beat UK this year”

    Are you nuts? UK would destroy Trinity.

    BTW, I understand Trinity is a disciplined school. But Trinity has an unfair advantage over public schools in many ways:

    1. Trinity’s enrollment is over 1350 guys. If Trinity had a girl population of the same size it would have 2700 kids making it larger than any school in KY or TN.

    2. Funding. The public schools simply do not have the funding of private schools like private schools. Weight rooms, coaching salaries etc. If you dont think it makes a difference go to a weightlifting competion with the private schools sometime.

    3. No District boundries. Public schools are confined to the population in their district.

    4. Influence in KHSAA politics. Back in 2005…A statewide vote to seperate the private and public schools playoffs passed 195-78. The overwhelming majority of the State said it was not fair for public and private schools to be in same post season. Obviously, the powers that be had a soft spot for the private schools and left the private schools in.

    So Trinity fans…yes your football teams are great but dont give me that discipline bs. Also you all have lost your ever-loving mind if you think your high school could beat UK.

  43. Louisville Manual
    11:52 pm September 20, 2011 Permalink

    My school has the best and brightest in Louisville. No smart person wants to pay tuition if they dont have to. If you are rich and cant make it into Manual then St. X and Trinity are a great backup plan.

  44. Old Coach
    11:53 pm September 20, 2011 Permalink

    18 you are totally wrong. Coverdale is great but Beatty is the best coach Trinity has ever had.

    2001 and 2002 Coverdale was the OC. But in 2003, Beatty was the OC. In 2005 Sam Adams was the OC, Cov has been the OC from 2006 on. Point is, there have been 3 different OCs under this time, the one thing that remains the same is Bob Beatty. He is amazing coach who has won every place he has been at. I have been in the box and seen how plays were called and while Sam and Cov both brought a lot to the play calling, the buck stops with Bob Beatty. I know, I was there.

    And I am not going to spend too much time talking about Nick Petrino. Nick was caught the day after football season. He was suspended from school, and suspended from after school activities just like anyone else would have been. In fact, he wasnt allowed to play basketball that year because of the suspension. Yes he joined the powerlifting team later but only after the after school suspension was served. I know, I was there.

    And Trinity did not recruit the basketball player (Hicks) from Shelby Co. Shelby Co. built a new school and he was zoned for the new school. This is a school he didnt want to go to, so his other option was Trinity or St.X.

    And having actually coached and been a part of many state title teams, this is the best team ever at Trinity. They have to win it but if they do, they should be considered as such.

  45. Old Coach
    12:03 am September 21, 2011 Permalink

    42- you are correct in most of what you say. Except, the public schools place the boundries issue on themselves. In fact, it isnt that strict in the city of Louisville. There are ways to go to whatever school you want in Louisville. Fact is, when they instituted busing in Louisville, the public schools declined.

    Discipline is a big part of it, as is pride. Kids want to play for X and Trinity their entire lives. Not so for most public schools in the area. Also support is a big part of it. I have coached games where there were more kids on the sidelines for the public schools than fans in the stands.

    I cant speak for X, but there is no public funding at Trinity. The only “funding” they get is from tuition and Trinity struggles to break even. The new facilities you see are done by donations to the school and there are two differences there. People at Trinity want to give back to their school’s foundation. It is a pride they take with them their entire life. It wasnt that long ago that Trinity’s campus was a shame and in disrepair. But because of the pride in Trinity, the alumni ponied up the money. This doesnt happen and most public schools. Also, Trinity has a little more freedom on how the spend the money they do raise. Yes an advantage.

    Trinity isn’t perfect and does have its problems. However, it isnt the big bad monster that people make it out to be and shouldnt get trashed by Matt Jones like it does (as well as others on this site). Trinity does a lot of the community and for the young men who are lucky enough to go there. And if it wasnt for their football team, no one would be talking about Kentucky high school football.

    And yes, I agree with 42- anyone who actually thinks Trinity would be UK or UofL is nuts. However, I would say that Trinity is playing the best brand of football.

  46. Old Coach
    12:07 am September 21, 2011 Permalink

    When I meant I couldn’t speak for X- I know they dont get public funding- I was talking about their financial situation.

    Also, I meant to say that “thinks Trinity would beAT Uk or UofL is nuts.”

  47. rocks
    12:47 am September 21, 2011 Permalink

    amen to that 37

  48. Don'tkidyourself
    7:00 am September 21, 2011 Permalink

    #43) Glad to see you joined the conversation since you are the only public school that can recruit legally.

  49. Brew Crew
    7:50 am September 21, 2011 Permalink

    So, this small college team is beating a bunch of high school teams?


  50. Hambone1480
    8:52 am September 21, 2011 Permalink

    A group of Kentucky kids from the Louisville area has formed one of the very best damn football teams in the nation and people still want to hate. Get a life. No Kentucky team has ever been so highly regarded nationally and people just want to throw stones instead of recognize the super-high level Trinity is playing at. You must really be a sad person if you can’t appreciate this team and what they are doing for recognition of Kentucky high school football.

  51. GummyBear
    8:54 am September 21, 2011 Permalink

    As a Jr, James Quick is already the best player in the state. He is an absolute must get. While they’re at it, hire Bob Beaty as the offensive coordinater.

  52. bigguy
    9:07 am September 21, 2011 Permalink

    what catholic grade school did Quick, Hatcher, Dawkins, White, etc. Go to? I seethe trinity coaches at a lot of hikes point optimist league games

  53. GummyBear
    9:08 am September 21, 2011 Permalink

    45… Well said. I agree with you 100%

  54. GummyBear
    9:12 am September 21, 2011 Permalink

    52.. If they have such a “recruiting” advantage, why hasn’t Trinity or St X’s basketball teams ever really done anything.

    It comes down to the old “Cal theory”. -Any team that good HAS to be cheating!

  55. Old Coach
    9:31 am September 21, 2011 Permalink

    More catholics go to Trinity than go to Notre Dame, but you dont HAVE to be Catholic to go to Trinity. I once taught someone of the Jewish faith in an a Catholic religion class. Trinity welcomes anyone wants to come, regardless of their faith, economic situation, athletic ability, or how smart they are. No one is turned away.

  56. rick
    11:10 am September 21, 2011 Permalink

    I will have to say Trinity does a good job on the recuriting trail.