February 6th, 2013

Trinity Quintet Make It Official

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Paul Najjar

Senior Writer

Trinity Quintet Make It Official
Trinity signees (left to right): Dalyn Dawkins, Jason Hatcher, Chris Hubbard, Ryan White, DaeShaun Bertram, James Quick, Jabari Jordan

Quintet of signees leads talent-laden senior class

Alumni Hall at Trinity High School was packed with students, teachers, family members, coaches and friends to witness the letter of intent signings of one of the finest classes of student-athletes in school history.

Shamrocks athletic director Dennis Lampley called it, “A terrific class; a very talented class,” and mentioned that it reminded him of the class of 1984, which was another class loaded with depth and talent.

With football coach Bob Beatty introducing and commenting on the four football signees—James Quick, Dalyn Dawkins, Ryan White and Jason Hatcher—and soccer coach Barry Swearingen introducing his Notre Dame-bound goalkeeper, Chris Hubbard, the assembled crowd roared its approval for each of the signees.

Starting with running back Dalyn Dawkins, who signed with Purdue University, Beatty said, “If this institution he’s going to is intelligent, then they’ll build their offense around this young man. He can run it, he can protect and he can catch it. But most of all, they’re going to get an outstanding student that’s been raised correctly and understands what it is to be humble, respectful and has an outstanding work ethic.”

Following Dawkins’ signing was the most anticipated announcement in the state in standout defensive end Jason Hatcher. He had his Kentucky blue hat at the ready and gave a firm commitment to Big Blue Nation.

“Being around this guy, I knew what he could do and I’d seen him excel in many games,” Beatty said. “I was very impressed with this young man in San Antonio (at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl). After competing with the best of the best for a week down there, he not only held his own but excelled against the very best in the nation.”

After the ceremony, Hatcher discussed his commitment process. He was swayed by new Kentucky coach Mark Stoops and his staff.

“Coach Stoops and his staff showed a commitment to me,” Hatcher said. “They showed me how many defensive ends and defensive players they coached were drafted in the first and second rounds (of the NFL draft). There were a lot of rumors out there about me committing, de-committing, re-committing, but they were all false. I told the USC (Southern California) coaches that I thought it might be a little too far from home, but I made my decision on Monday and I’m ready to get things started.”

Hubbard, recipient of this year’s Kentucky High School Soccer Coaches Association “Good Hands Award,” inked his name to matriculate at Notre Dame.  Swearingen said of Hubbard, “He’s anchored our defense and our team the past few years. We all stand behind you and congratulations.”

Quick solidified his commitment to Louisville and beamed when his 2-year-old nephew, Jeremiah, briefly interrupted with an outburst of tears as he ran to the table. That elicited a hearty laugh from the crowd but made Beatty reflect as well.

“It was the first time in 30-some years that a freshman started (varsity) at Trinity High School, and his career pretty much says it all from there,” said Beatty. It was at that moment that young Jeremiah broke in with the tears, prompting Beatty to say, “I’m crying, too, that he’s leaving,” drawing an even bigger response from the audience.

White’s commitment to Vanderbilt had been a foregone conclusion. The cornerback/return man drew praise from Beatty for his toughness and talent: “Ryan is a dynamic person, and Vanderbilt is going to get the total package in him. He can play slot, running back, corner; he can play zone and he can play man. And he’s an outstanding return guy.”

Video of the entire signing day at Trinity with player interviews and an interview with Coach Beatty will be available soon at www.louisvillecatholicsports.com.



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