It’s a fairly straight forward approach.
If you want to build a winner on the college level, sign kids who know a lot about winning.
Bethel College in McKenzie is taking that philosophy to heart this recruiting season, signing Maryville High School offensive lineman Ryan Trentham to National Letter of Intent last week. With Trentham’s signing, the Wildcats now have three former Rebels who’ll be reporting for fall practice come August.
Bethel signed Maryville linemen Marcus Engelhardt and Tucker Munns just last month.
With Munns and Engelhardt already signed, it made easier to come to a decision, Trentham said.
“That will make it more like home and an easier transition,” he said. “We’ve won some state championships here (at Maryville). Maybe we can win a national championship at Bethel.”
If winning is a habit, the Rebels, as a program, have it bad.
Maryville ran off three Class 4A state championships and a state record 74-game winning streak the last five years, the streak coming to a halt with a 10-7 loss to Hillsboro in last December’s state championship game.
A balanced team running and throwing proved a Rebel trademark during their run. Running backs Thomas Shuler and Buddy Jones and quarterbacks Philip Juhlin and Mark Young turned banner seasons behind the blocks of Trentham & Co. The Wildcats finished 4-6 last season. Adding Trentham, Engelhardt and Munns could help Bethel improve upon that mark in a hurry beginning next season.