Among the many talented prospects at Sunday’s Rising Senior’s Foundation event was one player who certainly belongs, but won’t be participating in football activities as he recovers from an injury.
Trey Sermon, a 4-star running back from Sprayberry High School, fractured a bone in his back in the second game of his junior season, sidelining him for the year.
When healthy, Sermon is one of the top running backs in the state. He has an impressive list of suitors and belongs among the top juniors at the week’s festivities, even if it’s in a limited capacity.
“It’s feeling a lot better,” Sermon said about his back. “I got cleared to start running, but the doctor said he didn’t want me to rush back into football as far as contact. So, I can’t really participate any.”
Although he missed the better portion of his junior season, schools have seen enough to know what Sermon is capable of. Some of the nation’s elite programs are vying for his attention.
Among the schools that have caught the talented runner’s eye are Florida, Auburn and Tennessee.
The SEC may have some competition for Sermon, however.
“Oklahoma and Oregon,” he said quickly when asked which schools he’s heard the most from, recently. “They’ve contacted me a lot, and they flew in a few times to talk to me, too.”
In-state UGA seems to have some catching up to do. Sermon was sporting a large UGA band on his right wrist Sunday but claimed his relationship with the school may be resetting.
The 6-foot-1, 205-pounder had been talking frequently with running backs coach Thomas Brown, but with Brown leaving to join former UGA head coach Mark Richt in Miami, that relationship doesn’t help much anymore.
Sermon dropped a big indicator of just how highly some schools think of him. Not only do some project him to see the field early in his career, there are those who think he has the potential to be an all-time great.
“They tell me that I have a really good chance of playing as a freshman,” Sermon said. “And some coaches have told me that they could probably see me winning the Heisman [Trophy].”