With each repetition in the weight room, with each conditioning run or 7-on-7 workout this summer, St. Thomas More’s Trevor Begue was consumed by two things: improvement for his senior season and finding a home to play college football.
Begue, a versatile running back/kick return specialist, allowed his recruiting process to play out with 10 camp stops and four unofficial visits, wrapping up Saturday with trips to Nicholls State and McNeese State.
“I really went through the process very thoroughly,” Begue said. “I didn’t want to rush anything. It’s right before the season, so I felt I could get it over with and focus on my senior season and just try to win a first state title.”
The second stop Saturday took Begue to McNeese State, where the Cowboys went through their first scrimmage, followed a day later by the 5-foot-11, 175-pounder’s commitment to coach Matt Viator on Sunday.
“I wanted to assess what they both had to offer, what offenses would fit my style of play,” Begue said. “I was looking to commit earlier in the (senior) season, and McNeese felt right.”
Begue said Saturday’s up-close look at McNeese and the opportunity to see some of the school’s athletic facilities, coupled with his ability to blend into the Cowboys’ offense at slot receiver, pushed them over the top.
Begue also had scholarship offers from Henderson State and Columbia and received recent interest from Louisiana Tech.
“(The Cowboys) were always my No. 1 since they offered,” Begue said. “It was between Nicholls and McNeese, and that’s why I visited both of them to see what they had to offer. I couldn’t pass up McNeese. I’ll also have a chance at playing as a freshman if I work hard enough.”
Begue was an explosive play-maker in his first full season as a starter in 2014, helping STM to a 9-2 record and second-round appearance in the Division I state playoffs before falling to eventual state champion Jesuit.
Based on his overall number of touches, Begue was almost a touchdown waiting to happen with 18 touchdowns on 100 carries/receptions/returns to his credit.
Begue, who runs 4.4 in the 40, accounted for 1,387 yards with 64 carries for 610 yards and nine touchdowns, (9.5 yards per carry), 27 catches for 445 yards (16.5 per catch) and nine kickoff returns for a 37-yard average and two scores.
“He’s a play-maker, and we like to get the ball in his hands,” STM coach Jim Hightower said. “He’s a fine young man. He’s kind of a quiet leader, but his play is inspirational to everybody around him.”
McNeese began make its case for Begue in the spring with several trips by offensive coordinator Tim Leger to STM’s campus.
Before the Cowboys would extend an offer, though, Viator wanted to see Begue in person at McNeese’s camp, which he did last month and walked away with an offer after a day of workouts.
“Throughout the whole summer, all I thought about was where I was going to college,” Begue said. “Is this coach going to offer me? Is was fun while it lasted, but it’s a huge relief knowing I’m going to play somewhere. I can just focus on the team and the season. I feel like 10 pounds lighter.”