High School: East Wake
Why Norfolk State? “When it came down to it, it felt like more of a family,” Tripp said. “They always came down to see me when they could, so they were the most persistent. It’s small but it’s a community thing so I like it a lot.” He is in line to be one of two freshman behind a senior quarterback in the fall, competing into his sophomore season for the right to start for the Spartans.
Most memorable: Tripp has most enjoyed spending times with his friends and teammates. One of his most memorable wins was in October against Rolesville, when he ran in a 7-yard keeper with seconds left sealing the win. His most memorable play was his first touchdown in the second-round playoff game at Scotland in 2014.
Notable: The 6-foot-1, 175-pound senior was the Greater Neuse River 4A player of the year and an N&O All-Metro selection. He was also named GNRC offensive player of the year his junior season. He ran in the fall for 1,187 yards and 16 touchdowns and completed 168 of 267 passes for 2,507 yards and 24 touchdowns to just seven interceptions.
East Wake coach John Poulnott: “Dynamic – he’s that kid you’re going ‘no, no, no; yes, yes, yes,’ when you’re watching him play. He’s that player who turns so many bad things into so many good things.” Poulnott said he didn’t give Tripp limitations. He would commonly just tell him to go make a play. “I think he’s going to have to learn different escapes (in college). He needs to remind himself when a passing play is over and transition into a run. He needs to look at quarterbacks who play the game the way he does and utilize that fear factor he creates with his feet.”
Compiled by Aaron Moody.