GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – At the beginning of the 2015 season, both East Kentwood and its senior offensive tackle, Trenton Fincher, experienced a great deal of success. The Falcons turned in a 4-0 slate after four weeks and Fincher put together an impressive array of highlights on his Hudl account.
After that, East Kentwood lost its next two games. The Falcons have rebounded to finish 6-3 in the regular season and qualify for the playoffs, but unfortunatly Fincher has been out.
“I’ve been injured since the fourth game of the season,” Fincher said. “But up until then it was going fine. I think I performed very well. I think my improvements over the summer from the camps that I attended and learned a lot from, I think I did good in using that on the football field. [I have been] focusing on my kick step, my pass protection of course and then a bit more explosive on run blocking.”
Although Fincher is ranked as a two-star on Scout.com, the senior lineman has a high ceiling and the potential to play offensive tackle at the next level. Fincher checks in at 6’8” and 305-pounds, exceptional size for a tackle in high school or college.
“I like to say I use the technique that was taught,” Fincher said. “I think my coach does a good job of teaching us the stuff that’s right and correct. A lot of the stuff I learned at the camps is the same as what my offensive line coach has been teaching me to do.”
On tape, Fincher finishes his blocks strong, creates alleys in the running game and uses his size to overpower opponents play after play. These skills have generated collegiate interest and to that point, Fincher picked up a new offer from Akron this week.
“It’s been going very well and including the high note especially,” Fincher said. “Akron’s offer was a surprise and it’s a great event for everybody. For the whole family, they were real excited to see an offer from college. To be able to have the opportunity to go to college on a full ride is a great opportunity that I’m glad I get the chance to experience.”
In addition to Akron, Fincher also holds an offer from Eastern Michigan. The two programs faced off earlier this season, a contest that was 47-21 Zips victory, and Fincher was in attendance to take in the game.
“I know that Akron has one of those experienced coaches that has worked hard and built the program from one of the worst in the country to one of the best,” Fincher said. “They are doing a good job so far. I have seen them play personally since Eastern on my visit and they did look good.”
As for the next stage in the recruiting process, Fincher has not thought about his five official visits or where they will be to as of yet.
“I’m more worried about getting known by some of these other colleges,” Fincher said.
With Akron and Eastern Michigan leading the way, Fincher has a couple options at his disposal right now. More than three months stand until National Singing Day for the class of 2016, however, meaning Fincher may end up with several additional offers when that time comes.