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Bishop Moore corner Trenton Gummer battles height issue, despite his talent | Recruiting Insider

This is the same old song and dance. Player is great, but player is short. And so said player is shunned aside, receives few scholarship offers and ultimately gets his big break or is dismissed and tossed on the heap of all the other short football players.

There have been plenty to roll through Orlando over the years. Remember Craig Rucker of Edgewater? He was too small, or so he was told. He didn’t listen. Rucker did what he could to play at the next level and the 5-foot-8, 165-pound stud ended up being a Division II All-American wide receiver for two straight years at Mars Hill.

Too bad for Ruck, there was no luxury of a transfer portal. His last season was 2019.

There have been many. The latest was Tanner Ingle from Dr. Phillips. He was an all-ACC safety and signed with the Los Angeles Rams last year, but did not crack the 53-man roster. He was on the Rams practice squad all of last season and was signed to this offseason’s 90-man roster as a future/reserve player. Ingle is one of the best DBs I have ever seen. He’s fast, he hits, he’s intelligent. No matter, he’s 5-8, 175 pounds.

The latest great Orlando-area player who is battling the stigma is Bishop Moore cornerback Trenton Gummer. There are, of course, numerous vertically challenged players out there trying to get attention, but Gummer is the best of all of them. He’s only a sophomore.

With two more seasons to go he will only get better. His hope, however, is that he gets taller.

He does have hope, for sure. His brother was small like him in high school. Jalen Gummer is now a 6-foot-1, 182-pound corner at Furman.

Trenton takes it in stride.

“Obviously, it’s a bit frustrating knowing that something that is holding me back is something that I can’t control,” Trenton said, “but I’m just going to keep competing and using my height to the best of my ability, no matter what it is.

“I’m just going to be the best at what I do. I’m a dawg, so I’m going to keep competing.”

Indeed, Gummer made play after play last season for the Hornets. He had 4 interceptions, 35 tackles and 12 pass deflections. The thing is, however, he has already gotten better.

He’s a camp rat and also playing 7-on-7. He’s all football all the time and it shows. This past weekend at the FBU Orlando Regional Camp, Gummer was shutting down receivers all over the field.

Gummer is 5-10, 165 pounds. The 5-10 might be a stretch, but we’ll give it to him. He needs every inch.

He tracks the ball with birddog skill, can go step for step in man coverage on any receiver and his zone awareness is adept as well. And, the one thing that sets him apart from many others, short or tall, is speed.

Trenton is close to breaking 11 seconds in the 100 meters in this track season and likely will do so in the near future. Most DBs cannot match that speed and his ability to track down receivers, even from across the field, is unmatched.

His athleticism also is such that Bishop Moore coach Matt Hedrick likely will use him on offense at receiver this upcoming season, as well as possibly at safety or nickel back.

“He really is a Swiss army knife for us at this point,” Hedrick said. “Trenton is an elite corner. There really is nothing that he cannot do.

“His versatility allows him to be a nickel/strong safety type of guy. He can also play in the slot on offense and run the football. He is truly one of the best athletes I have come across in a really long time.”

That’s saying something for Hedrick, who has been at Bishop Moore for 30 years, and next season will be his 23rd as head coach.

Gummer welcomes any challenge.

“I’ve talked to a lot of college coaches and they like me at nickel,” Gummer said. “I’ll play any position. If you need me at safety, corner, nickel … even offense. As long as I am in a position to compete, I’ll play anywhere.”

He never takes a play off and, for Gummer, when he hits the on switch there is no rest.

“I’d say my best attribute is probably my ability to just be in position to make a play,” he said. “Even though receivers might be bigger than me, or some might be even faster than me at some points, it doesn’t matter because I’m always in good position.

“If I’m always in great position, then you can’t say anything about that. I’ve seen that with my film and I just like to compete, so none of the rest matters to me.”

He works hard and he’s contagious. He instills that sort of work ethic in his teammates, and this year’s Bishop Moore squad should make a run in the state playoffs.

“I’m excited. We have a lot of juniors going in this season and I’m hoping for another great season like last year,” Gummer said of the 2023 group that was 9-4 and lost to Jacksonville Bolles in the region final. “Hopefully we can make it past that third round and maybe go to the state championship and get an opportunity to play in that big game.”

Chris Hays covers high school and college football, as well as college football recruiting. He can be reached at chays@orlandosentinel.com.