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Skyline junior offensive guard and defensive tackle Devynn Trahan’s father would look at him now, beaming with a huge smile and sense of pride regarding his son.
Trahan’s father always wanted him to play football. He always wanted him to be taken care of. He always wanted him to make smart decisions.
But his father passed away when he was younger, serving as a motivation for Trahan in everything he does.
“When he passed away, that’s when I was like, ‘Forget it. I’m just going to go ahead and play football,’” Trahan said. “And that’s what just motivates me off the field. I know he would want me to succeed. He would want me to do everything. He would want me to go take care of my family. He wants me to do everything that he couldn’t do in life.”
Sports changed Trahan’s life.
When Trahan was younger and around 12 years old, he looks back at a time when he got in trouble. He was fighting in class, cussing out teachers and doing everything he wasn’t supposed to do.
One day, Trahan was close to cussing out one of his coaches, coach Campbell, but everything changed in that moment. Coach Campbell had him push a 2 x 4 on the field on his hands for 1,000 yards.
At that point, Trahan started crying.
“He was like, ‘Like, I don’t want to hate how you’re doing this. It is a workout. It is a punishment. But at the same time you need to learn basically what’s good and what’s bad, and he was like earlier when you had an attitude during drills, that was bad.’ Ever since then, he’s just been guiding me. I changed my attitude,” Trahan said.
In high school, Trahan hasn’t been in any fights. His attitude changed. He developed more patience, got stronger and allowed sports to help alter his lifestyle.
Trahan was a successful student-athlete previously at Castlemont, but he moved to Skyline for his final two years of high school, and the first night he called Skyline head coach Joe Bates, he saw how special the program was and how special he could become under this regime. It was 9 p.m., and Bates made him do a homework assignment with his father that first night – moments that indicated just the situation he walked into.
Plus, Bates got Trahan a job at a kitchen.
“I realized what type of person he is and what he expects of me,” Trahan said. “It just made me feel like this is a team I’m going to have to get used to everything that they do. It wasn’t hard to just fit in. Everybody, they made me feel like family, and from then we just went up.”
During this offseason, despite the recent shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Trahan is emerging on and off the field as a marquee name for the Titans.
Back at Castlemont, Trahan said he struggled with grades. Today, his grades are improving. Bates made him create a Twitter account. There’s also been trips to camps and showcases.
And Trahan’s athletic and academic skills continue rising.
“For me, it made a couple things hard, but we’re a hardworking team,” Trahan said. “Ever since I transferred from Castlemont, everything has just been nothing but work. Coach been getting me in shape. I’ve been losing weight, getting stronger and it made me actually prioritize more things I need to be doing and made me realize stuff I don’t need to be doing.”
For his first campaign at Skyline, Trahan wants success in every regard.
In addition to higher grades, Trahan strives for a scholarship and for a ring on his finger.
“This is my passion. This is my goal,” Trahan said. “I do want to succeed with my team. I want to win. I want to go out and have meals with everybody. That’s what we do, and just a couple goals for me on the field I want to be more aggressive. Like watching film for last season I wasn’t great and as aggressive as I could have been, and I do want to get stronger and have more highlights during games instead of just having a couple highlights each game.”
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