Class of 2022 RB Trevor Etienne aims to make own name
NEW ORLEANS -- It's hard enough navigating the recruiting process for most prospects, let alone when you're expected to live up to the standard set by a star older sibling.
That's exactly the case for class of 2022 Louisiana running back Trevor Etienne, known by many as the younger brother of Clemson's Travis Etienne. But as he showed with an impressive performance at Sunday's Rivals Camp in New Orleans, the younger Etienne is ready to make his own name in the football world and he's not letting his big brother's shadow impact his own recruitment.
Rivals.com analyst Woody Wommack caught up with Trevor prior to the camp to talk about what it's like following in Travis' footsteps and how his recruitment might shake out.
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Q: WHAT HAS THE RECRUITING PROCESS BEEN LIKE FOR YOU SO FAR?
A: "I've pretty much been through it before with him. I was always on his side while he was going through the process. So I'm just look for a place that treats me like family and feels like home."
Q: WHAT'S IT LIKE MEETING COACHES AGAIN THAT YOU FIRST MET AS A YOUNGER KID?
A: "It's crazy. A lot of the coaches I met back then are still there. Back then I would be playing and having fun and now I'm there again as the one being recruited."
Q: HOW DO YOU ANSWER TO PEOPLE WHO ASSUME YOU WILL FOLLOW TRAVIS TO CLEMSON?
"I'm going to do what's best for me, no matter what, at the end of the day. It's my decision and I have to live with it for the rest of my life, so whatever is best for me is what I'm going to do. I don't have an offer from Clemson yet, but they didn't offer my brother until late."
Q: WHAT IS THE COMMUNICATION LIKE BETWEEN YOU AND CLEMSON?
"They came down to my school recently. But we can't really talk there because of the rules. But I have a good relationship with (offensive coordinator and running backs) Coach (Tony) Elliott. He's a great guy. I don't really talk to him that much about football. I've known him forever, and he's more like family."
Q: WERE YOU SURPRISED TRAVIS CAME BACK FOR HIS SENIOR YEAR?
"Yeah, that shocked me. I thought he had a great season. But it didn't end the way he wanted and it's always better to keep improving, and he has unfinished business."