The Texas football program is one that essentially every college football fan had some opinion about growing up. Texas can be a polarizing blue blood program that generates love and hate from general college football fans alike. The same can ring true for other blue blood programs like the Oklahoma Sooners, Alabama Crimson Tide, Michigan Wolverines, USC Trojans, Ohio State Buckeyes, etc.
This idea of college football fans, namely or rival programs like the Sooners and Texas A&M Aggies (among others), have this hatred growing up for the Longhorns rings true with one particular former Florida Gators quarterback. The ex-Heisman contender and senior star Gators signal caller Kyle Trask actually grew up a fan of Texas A&M.
If any Longhorns fans were unsure about Trask’s feelings about them, he confirmed his allegiance growing up as a college football fan in a recent interview through NFL Draft scouting process he’s taking part in. Trask had an interview with ESPN’s college football analyst/media personality Kirk Herbstreit this week pertaining to his draft scouting process thus far.
The particular show that Trask was featured on for ESPN this week was “QB21”. He was the first quarterback to be featured on the show this year.
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Coming out of Manvel High School in Manvel, TX, Trask wound up being a dramatically underrated three-star quarterback recruit during the 2016 cycle. He did end up signing with the Gators 2016 class, which would be a gem find that program down the road.
But the program that Trask reportedly grew up following was Texas A&M. And he grew up supporting the Aggies namely when they were a Big 12 foe of the Longhorns. It was just a few years before Trask was done playing high school football at Manvel that the Lone Star Showdown between Texas and Texas A&M was put on hiatus since the latter of the two programs bolted for the SEC.
Trask also reportedly stated that he essentially was “raised to hate the University of Texas” since he was brought up in a Texas A&M household. Manvel is also a town that commonly breeds Aggie football fans.
Now as a potential early round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, Trask has come a long way since he was an under-the-radar three-star pro-style quarterback recruit. He ranked as the nation’s No. 2,213 2016 high school prospect, No. 92 pro-style quarterback, and No. 262 prospect out of Texas (247Sports Composite).
There were only four scholarship offers that Trask held coming out of high school. And the only FBS offer he had came from the Gators.
Trask really shined for head coach Dan Mullen and the Gators over the course of the last two years. He finished fourth in the Heisman Trophy voting last year. And he registered more than 7,300 career passing yards at Florida, 69 passing touchdowns, just 15 interceptions, just over 50 rushing yards, and eight scores on the ground.
Texas has a former star quarterback of their own entering the NFL Draft in this year’s class. Former star senior Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger could be selected around the same time in the 2021 draft as Trask.