HS Q&A: Getting to know Veterans Memorial’s Trestan Laird
San Antonio Veterans Memorial senior linebacker Trestan Laird moved from Stansbury Park, Utah two years ago.
Laird was born and raised in Montana and lived in Utah for four years before moving to the Alamo City. After hearing about Texas high school football lore, Laird has been able to experience it first hand with the Patriots over the last two season.
This season, Laird and his teammates, are playing as a varsity program for the first time. The Patriots are 8-3 and won their first-ever playoff game on Saturday when they defeated Laredo Martin, 35-33.
Laird ranks seventh on the team in tackles (46). More importantly, he ranks second in his class. Keeping up his academics and playing football hasn’t been easy, but Laird is thriving at both.
E-N: What do you think about Texas football?
“It’s definitely different. I love how it’s more competitive than Utah. We went after it over there, but here, we eat, breathe and sleep football. I love it. I liked what I was doing there, but here, I’m way more addicted. I’m way more into being at practice on time. I want to impress my coaches, and I want to get looked at (for college football).
E-N: What did you know about Texas football before you moved here and what have you learned about it?
“I knew it would be harder. It was actually very intimidating. I was very nervous to try out for the team, especially since I did not have any reputation. But at tryouts I gave it all I had and took all my training and put it into this, and that’s how I made the team.”
E-N: What is it like to balance academics and athletics?
“It’s not easy at all. It takes a lot of late nights and extra help from friends, going to tutoring. Honestly, it’s about setting up a schedule and starving your distractions. Not getting distracted by TV, video games and stuff that’s unimportant and focus on stuff that will prepare me for life.”
E-N: Has it been difficult to maintain your academics since you’ve moved around and had to get adjusted to new places?
“Yes because the curriculum can change at different places, and it’s hard to get transcripts across. … If I’m not constantly checking it, I’m afraid I’m going to lose it. As long as I keep checking it, I should be good.”
E-N: Coach (Richard) Mendoza mentioned Air Force as a possibility to play college football. What are you plans for college?
“Any of the military academies, but Air Force is one of my high-ranking ones. I have a lot of family in the Air Force. It’s a big goal to go there. If not there, I’m looking at a lot of elite schools.”
E-N: What has it been like to be a part of the Friday Night Lights experience?
“I expected it to be huge, but being on the field, it’s a whole other experience. It changes your life, and I now that know I’m looking at the end of the year, I don’t want it to end.”