During a recent vacation stop in Las Vegas, I learned that former Round Valley High School football standout Travis Trickey has moved from linebacker to fullback on the University of Nevada at Las Vegas football team.
Most all East region fans and boosters remember Trickey (6 feet, 3 inches; 225 pounds) starring for Round Valley as a linebacker and being heavily recruited by UNLV.
Arizona State also showed some interest in Trickey, but never heavily recruited him.
In 2007, Trickey was the East region’s defensive player of the year.
According to sources, Trickey volunteered to play fullback for the Rebels in hopes of getting more playing time.
Trickey was redshirted his freshman season and played only sparingly last year.
He and his teammates open the season Sept. 4 against Wisconsin in Las Vegas.
BRHS under investigation
The Arizona Interscholastic Association is apparently investigating a recruiting allegation against Blue Ridge High School.
It centers on Jordan Morgan, who now attends BRHS, and last year was Small School Player of the year at Chandler Valley Christian, where his father coached.
According to reports, Show Low High School informed the AIA that it was in possession of text messages that were exchanged between a Blue Ridge assistant coach and Morgan.
Blue Ridge athletic director Dave Clark and Morgan’s parents attended a meeting early this week involving the allegation.
Show Low athletic director Nathan Richardson has said the school would cooperate with the AIA if asked.
After leaving Scottsdale Christian, Jordan Morgan attended Chandler High School for a short period and was going to play football there before he abruptly transferred to Blue Ridge High School.
The BRHS football program has in previous years been accused of recruiting — but not officially and not by the AIA.
Several years ago, a standout running back actually started football practices at neighboring Show Low High School and then left in favor of Blue Ridge.
Around the state, rumors were rampant that he had been recruited, but it was never proven.
There are also some questions lingering on the Payson High School campus that a Longhorn player was approached during the summer to transfer to BRHS.
The allegation is also under investigation.