Trajuan Briggs (6-0, 200, 4.5) had big shoes to fill when he stepped into the starting running back position for Lake Balboa (Calif.) Birmingham his junior season.
Briggs was replacing two-time City Player of the Year, (UCLA redshirt frosh running back) Milton Knox, who also happens to be the City Section's all time rushing leader.
Briggs lived up to the expectations.
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The talented running back earned first-team all-city, first-team all-league and second-team all-area after rushing for 1,513 yards and 23 touchdowns. He also had eight receptions for 200-plus yards and two more touchdowns.
Like many talented football players, Briggs has been invited to several junior days and he has attended junior days at USC, Cal and UCLA. He has two offers on the table from Cal and his most recent offer was last Friday (March 6) from Washington State.
"USC's junior day went well," Briggs said. "I was very interested their academics as well as their football team. I liked their energy."
"I want to major in communications and broadcasting," Briggs said. "USC showed me around the Annenberg School of Communications and Broadcasting."
"Cal was great," Briggs said. "They were probably my best visit."
"Coach Ron Gould went over academics with my mom and I," Briggs said. "He didn't sugarcoat anything. He just told me that he's a super competitive person in life, in football and the classroom. He told me that's what he expected if I chose Cal. We spoke mainly about academics, thought."
"I enjoyed UCLA a lot, but I thought it could have been better," Briggs said. "It was too short and it seemed rushed. I'm still keeping my options open though."
"I was really happy getting an offer from Washington State," Briggs said. "It made me feel good. After my Cal offer, schools kind of got off of me because they thought I was going to commit."
Briggs is staying in shape this offseason by running track. He runs the 4x400, 4x100, 100, 200 and 400. You have to be in pretty good shape to carry that load.
In the weight room, his current bench is 245 and his power clean is 255.