By Owen Gotimer
Viva Loudoun College Editor
(March 10, 2014) – Loudoun Valley High School senior Caleb Trump has committed to play football at Randolph-Macon College beginning in the 2014-2015 school year.
“I love the feel of the small college and the academics are very good,” Trump said. “The football team is one of the tightest groups I have ever been around: always together doing stuff.”
Trump will not be the only Loudoun Valley graduate in Randolph-Macon’s locker room as he will join his older brother Jacob on the team this fall.
“It’s always great to know somebody that is at the school you are going to and there is no better person then a brother,” said the 6-foot Trump. “Having him on the football team is another plus because I am going to know what to except.”
Another thing Trump will come to know to expect is the winning tradition at Randolph-Macon. Since 2004, Pedro Arruza – who has led the Division III Yellow Jackets to seven straight winning seasons – has coached Randolph-Macon.
In 2013, the Yellow Jackets finished 7-3 including a 5-2 record in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference. Along with his brother, Trump will join Loudoun Valley graduate Joe Siegel, Park View graduate Ryan Duncan, Potomac Falls graduate Zach Causey and Broad Run graduates Kevin Varela and Danny Gallagher.
“I look to bring a lot of energy to the team and come in and fight for a starting spot as soon as possible,” Trump said.
Trump earned a starting spot with the Loudoun Valley during his time with the Vikings and helped lead the green-and-gold to an 11-3 finish in 2013 including a run for the VHSL 3A state championship which ended prematurely as Loudoun Valley fell in the state semifinal to Northside High School.
“It was one of the more challenging things to do because the pressure only increases as you go. It was hard physically because everyone gets better as you go, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything,” Trump said. “The way the team responded to all of the adversity we faced this year was awesome, and I could not have had a better senior class to do it with.”
The Vikings will graduate 16 seniors this June including All-State linebacker Brandon Grayson and defensive back Marcus Oden — who could have easily been named to the VHSL 3A All-State first-team in 2013.
As for Trump, he too will walk across the stage at Loudoun Valley High School this spring thanks to the continued support of his family academically and athletically.
“I really pretty much followed my brother into [football], but the driving force behind it is my parents,” Trump said. “They always push us to be or best and give us everything we need to succeed in whatever we choose to do.”
Owen Gotimer is a graduate of Heritage High School in Leesburg and is currently a sophomore at Syracuse University. Follow Owen on Twitter (@BigO_Gotimer) for up-to-date college signings and news. Contact us if you want Owen to do an article on the college commitment of your favorite local athlete or a story on a Loudoun County graduate playing in college!