Top Wash Linebacker.. Trayon McNairy- Juanita HS

(Trayon McNairy 6-1 205 Jr. LB Juanita HS)

A player who really burst onto the scene in the state of Washington last season was Juanita (Kirkland) LB Trayon McNairy, and with his continued improvement he could be one of the fastest rising recruits in the Evergreen State.

“When we finally got him up at the varsity level last year, he was so raw he didn’t even know how to carry a football,” Juanita head coach Shaun Tarantola told Northwest Elite Index recently. “We knew he was a good athlete and with his size, we were thinking about playing him along the offensive line, but then he tested and he ran like a 4.6 in the forty and we figured he was too fast to leave him along the line.”

“We eventually put him at linebacker and then at fullback. It was strange for him, but eventually his natural ability showed throw and he was a real playmaker for us.”

As a starter on the defensive side for the Rebels last season, McNairy posted 50 tackles and a team-leading 11.5 sacks and on offense he rushed for 423 yards and seven scores.

McNairy attributes his success to hard work and also listening to his coaches.

“My coaches did a great job of getting me ready to play and I trusted them completely,” McNair added. “I also just worked hard and took all of their coaching to heart. I also had some great teammates and they made it easy on me.”

“He was really physical off the edge,” Tarantola said. “He didn’t just go get the ball, he ran through guys to get to the ball. I mean, he was just so physical and he played so fast, he was one of our best players last year.”

McNairy has yet to hear from college coaches, but now that his film has gotten out, that will probably change in a hurry.

“I feel like he could play at the D-1 level for sure,” Tarantola noted. “He’s so fast, he’s physical and he’s got such a high upside.”

This offseason the talented player is working to get bigger and stronger and said he plans to take in several camps in the coming weeks.

“I know the Barton camps are happening and I want to get to those,” McNairy said. “I also love to compete against guys and I know the talent level there will help me get better. Working on all of the fundamentals and the stuff they teach there, I think it will be great to get out there and compete.”

We will have more on McNairy in the coming weeks and months and update news on him as it happens. Trayon McNairy Highlights