For the past two years, Irondale’s Ronnie Trass anchored the Knights’ defensive line. He helped his team improve every season he was on varsity. The 2016 team would go on to post the most victories the school has seen since…
For the past two years, Irondale’s Ronnie Trass anchored the Knights’ defensive line. He helped his team improve every season he was on varsity. The 2016 team would go on to post the most victories the school has seen since the 2013 season. His play not only helped improve his high school program it also opened a college recruiting journey for him that ultimately ended with him signing with St. Cloud State University.
“The recruiting process was fun,” Trass said. “It gave me the chance to look at a lot of schools. I had a few Division I junior days. Coaches came out to see me and talk to me. I appreciated that from all of them.”
At the end of the process, Trass was considering SCSU and Southwest Minnesota State.
“I liked the school and the program,” Trass said about the Huskies. “I have been talking to St. Cloud State since my sophomore year. I thought they had a good sports management and marketing program. This wasn’t a huge deal, but I wanted to stay close to home, so my family can come and watch me play.”
Trass was impressed by both the coaching staff and players.
“The program is phenomenal. I think they went 6-5 this year, but the coaches are fantastic. The players are great to talk to. They make you feel a part of the Husky family.”
The coaching staff liked what they saw on tape from northstarfootballnews.com’s 145th ranked senior.
“They like the way I always have my motor running – through my junior and senior years. I just kept playing my game – running to the football, and they said that is a big piece they are looking for.”
Trass is going into camp as a defensive lineman.
“I think I will mostly be playing on the inside,” Trass said. “They have been talking about a different format that might have me on the outside (of their base four-man front), but I am happy to play wherever. I just love the game of football.”
Trass is focusing on the weight room this winter and when the spring season starts he will be on the track and lacrosse teams.
During his true freshman season, Trass is unsure of what his status will be.
“There is a chance I will red-shirt my freshman year,” Trass explained. “That is fine. I am not expecting to start right away. I have to work for it. That is how I have always played the game. I know it is not going to be easy, but I like the challenge.”
He took on the challenge of turning around his high school program and succeeded. Trass is ready for his next football challenge and based on past results will take on this new challenge head-on.