Irizarry signs with Coffeyville Community College

Friday, February 17, 2012
Marshall County High School senior tailback Trevor Irizarry signed a letter of intent to play football at Coffeyville Community College. Photo by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

After turning in a record setting 2011 campaign, Marshall County High School senior tailback Trevor Irizarry became the fifth member of his class to receive a football scholarship this month when he signed a letter of intent to play at Coffeyville Community College in Kansas.

Having played at Lawrence County High School the three previous years, Irizarry made a huge splash at MCHS as a senior and rushed for a single season school record 2,038 yards and 24 touchdowns while averaging a whopping 9.2 yards per carry.

Irizzary also broke Marshall County's single game rushing record by racking up 319 yards and six touchdowns on 22 carries against East Hickman in the Tigers' regular season finale on Oct. 28.

Aided by Irizarry's herculean efforts , the Tigers finished the year with a 9-4 record and advanced to the third round of the Class 4A playoffs while he was named Region MVP and selected to the 4A All-State State team.

Prior to transferring to Marshall County, Irizarry was a two-year starter at running back and cornerback for Lawrence County and rushed for over 1,100 yards and five touchdowns during that span en route to earning All-District honors as a junior.

"Before the season started we knew that we wanted to run the football and Trevor gave us another dimension with his speed," said MCHS coach Tom Turchetta. "We found out that once we could get him past the line of scrimmage he could make big plays. He had a magical season for us. I wish we had him for three more years."

Irizarry will be joining a Coffeyville Red Raven program that has been a power in the junior college ranks for the last several decades and had a slew of players sign with Division I schools over the years, including Leonard Little, Mel Gray, Reggie Nelson, and 1983 Heisman trophy winner Mike Rozier.

Coffeyville has seen 50 former players make NFL rosters as well and had two alumni on the New York Giants Super Bowl XLVI championship team in running back Brandon Jacobs and wide receiver Devin Thomas.

Irizarry also received interest from Tennessee State University, UT-Martin, Tennessee Tech, Western Kentucky, Tusculum, and Tennessee before deciding to sign with Coffeyville.

"Football is just what I love to do. I feel different when I play football because I don't have to worry about anything else. Of course I'll be worried about the distance from home at first, but I'll get over it," said Irizarry. "The coaches told me that I don't have to be concerned with working my way up the depth chart since they don't have a running back right now. Even if they did have one, I still think I would get to play some."

Although Coffeyville only started recruiting Irizarry a few weeks ago, the Red Raven coaching staff liked what they saw when they watched his highlight tape and believe he has a chance to make an early impact.

"I think the transition for him is going to be fairly easy since we run a pro set offense with two backs like his high school team did. There will be a transition period to learn the offense, but everyone is going to be at the same point since we're a new staff," said Coffeyville receivers coach Jim Henry. "He possesses all the traits we look for in a running back. He's got good quickness and can stop on a dime, but also keeps his pads low and runs hard between the tackles."

Hopefully Irizarry will continue to see success on the gridiron at the collegiate level.