Grant Trueman doubles as Chino Hills High School’s defensive end and kicker. As a kicker, he was 48/48 on extra points and 6/8 on field goal attempts, earning him second team recognition. As a defensive end, he excelled, racking up 8 sacks, 65 total tackles, 15.5 for a loss, two forced fumbles, and a long list of recognitions and awards and his school and conference level. He displays excellent pursuit around the line, has great acceleration, and above all, his sure-tackling sticks out on all of his tape. Trueman is already receiving college offers as he enters his senior year at Chino Hills, and this is a guy to keep an eye out for as a young, very talented athlete.
Grant took time to speak with myself and Locker Room Update, during which time he spoke about his career background in football, as well as his aspirations in the sport. Check it out!
When did you first fall in love with playing football?
I fell in love with playing football my 8th grade junior all American season which was my second year playing.
My role model in football was Peyton Manning, and my role model outside of football was my Dad or sister.
What’s the most inspirational or powerful thing a coach has ever said to you?
The most inspiration thing a coach has ever said to me has been, “The key is not the will to win. Everybody has that. It is the will to prepare to win that is important.”
As a player in the 2017 class, how has the recruiting process been thus far? Any particularly interesting visits or surprising occurrences you’d like to address?
The recruiting process has gone pretty well and has been fun so far. I have 4 offers currently all from amazing universities. My favorite visit to a school has been to the University of Colorado.
Do you have a dream situation for your college career?
I do not have any dream schools, playing at any Division 1 program would be an amazing experience.
What do you believe to be your biggest strength as a defensive end, and what is something you believe you can work on?
My biggest strength as a defensive end is probably my explosiveness or my motor. I have been working a lot more on my speed off the edge.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
In 5 years I see myself graduating from a 4 year university with a masters degree in criminal law.
And to close, what’s the most important thing about you off the field that makes you a better player on the field?
The most important thing off the field that makes me a better player on the field is my competitiveness, and will to win. I can’t stand loosing in anything, whether it’s a pool basketball game with my friends all the way to Friday night football games.