Corney Looking For Schools

Trent Corney

Trent Corney is trying to make the move from Canada to the United States for his senior season to increase his visibility. The projected linebacker holds one offer, and is getting interest from several other schools. He gave Scout.com the lowdown on his recruitment, and here it is.

During the offseason a group of players from Ontario, Canada, made their way around camps and 7-on-7 events. It led to defensive lineman Eli Ankou committing to UCLA, and budding interest in linebacker Trent Corney.

And while the 6-foot-2, 237-pound Corney has an offer (Buffalo) and received interest from Rutgers, Pittsburgh, Stanford, Boston College, Michigan State, Syracuse and UCLA, his primary need is finding a high school in the states because his transfer to Red Lion Christian Academy (Bear, Del.) fell through.

"It's very difficult getting recruited from Canada to play college football in the U.S.," Corney said. "I feel like I may be the most underrated player because of it, too. No matter how much you can dominate your league in Canada, you still may not even get a one look at an NCAA school.

"School in Canada also goes very late, and I missed multiple big camps. I could only go to one camp and that hurt me. If I went to the camps I was planning on going to, I think I would be in a different situation now. If you want to get the proper looks than you have to play in the States. It's the only way unless you go to a ton of camps."

Corney plays running back, but schools are also looking at him to play other positions.

"As of right now, it would most likely be tight end or running back because, physically, I have the skills to run by any linebacker and catch," Corney said. "I've been playing running back my whole life and even at 237 pounds, I feel like I move better than the little backs.

"Linebacker will probably be my position when it's all said and done, though, because practically every coach has said I'm a linebacker. I've never played linebacker before but I feel like within a month of practicing it could be my best position. My numbers and physique right now is said to be very similar to (NFL player) Von Miller, who is also one of my favorite players."

As Corney's recruitment progresses, one thing he will be looking at is the atmosphere at schools.

"I really like a school which has a great fan support and people around the school who take the football program seriously," Corney said. "This helps to hype up practices and games and ultimately will help to motivate me to player better.

"You can never be too sure on schools because all schools have faculties but what separates one from the others are the people, so it's very important to visit, meet the people you will be seeing a lot and then decide if it feels right or not."

However, Corney knows it is vital he finds a high school in the United States to play for this season. "I talk to some coaches over Facebook and the phone," he said. "They all are either saying or hinting that they won't offer me until they see me play with pads on vs. valid teams."

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