Lafayette senior Reeves Trott’s ideal college is one that offers a top-tier academic experience and the ability to play high-level soccer.
Luckily for Trott, William & Mary took an interest in the standout Lafayette scorer as a freshman.
The four-year recruiting process came to an end Oct. 13 when Trott verbally committed to play soccer for the Tribe, a Division I program.
With his commitment, Trott will join Historic Triangle standouts Alfonso Speed Jr. (Lafayette) and Reilly Maw (Tabb) on the William & Mary roster. Beyond Speed and Maw, Trott has played with multiple players on the team during summer seasons with Virginia Legacy.
It was this familiarity with the William & Mary soccer program and players that led Trott to feel comfortable playing for the Tribe.
“I committed to William & Mary because I really like the coaches and in terms of where I was looking, it was the best academic fit as well,” he said. “I’ve played with a bunch of the team already through summer league with Virginia Legacy so I had a good relationship with the core guys.”
Coincidentally, William & Mary coaches first stumbled upon Trott while recruiting Maw in 2013. Coaches for the Tribe were out scouting Maw during a game between Tabb and Lafayette, during which Trott caught their eyes as a freshman.
Over the next four years, Trott maintained communication with the William & Mary coaches and attended soccer camps held by the school. It was during one such camp late in the summer Trott realized William & Mary had everything he was looking for in a school.
“Being around the guys and seeing the coaches run a training session, I knew it was the best fit in terms of what I wanted,” Trott said. “The soccer part fell into place pretty well and the coaches had a lot of chances to see me play because of the close proximity. I think that helped because they could see the progression from freshman to senior year.”
Trott, a first-team All-State selection in 2015 who led the Rams with 22 goals despite playing in only 13 of 21 games because of an injury, said he expects to stick at forward or shift to center-attacking midfield in college.
From an academic standpoint, Trott wants to major in computer science and came away impressed by what William & Mary had to offer in that department. For Trott, being challenged academically and athletically was a top priority.
As the final piece in William & Mary’s four-man recruiting class, Trott is glad to be on the road to accomplishing his goal of playing Division I soccer.