TATUM – Trey Fite waited until day one of the early signing period to announce he was continuing his football career at Southern Methodist University. Tatum Eagle defensive end made the announcement of his university during his school’s signing ceremony on Wednesday morning.
âJust training, and that I’m going to play football for great coaches and with great teammates,â Fite said of what sold him to the athletic opportunity. âI love the city. I will continue to work out and go to the weight room.
He found SMU to be the ideal future home for him when he made an official visit to the University Park campus during his recruiting process. He is also looking forward to learning from new SMU football head coach Rhett Lashlee.
âThe people were really welcoming and fun,â Fite said of the people he met during his visit to SMU.
Fite enjoyed great success as a high school football player in Tatum and knows he wouldn’t have reached college level without his hometown.
âI grew up here,â Fite said of what Tatum means to him. “It taught me to be relentless and to leave my heart on the ground.”
Fite ended his final year with the 2021 Division I District 6-3A defensive line MVP after winning 63 tackles, 20 quarterback presses, 11 loss tackles, three sacks and a fumble recovery. He also helped guide the Tatum Eagles to an 8-3 record and a bi-district playoff finish.
He earned the same honor when he recorded 63 tackles, 14 tackles for a loss, six sacks, six quarterback presses, three pass breakouts, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble as a junior. He was instrumental in setting Tatum’s 8-2 season record and in the zone playoff final in the 2020 campaign.
This was preceded by his 85 tackles, two sacks and two forced fumbles, which were notable sophomores as a young player during the 2019 season.
âI think the sky is the limit for him,â Tatum athletic director and football head coach Jason Holman said of Fite’s college advantage. âHe’s got a big frame that’s going to fill up. Of course, he’s going to get stronger, bigger, and faster. He already has some of the essential tools. He has a high motor, he plays whistle to whistle, button to button, and does not know the meaning of the word stop. Everything else will be the icing on the cake for him.
Achievements like this allowed Fite to begin building a personal legacy in Tatum. Now, everyone in his hometown is excited to see how he’s cultivating it in SMU and beyond.
âTrey is the perfect example of a young man who worked really hard, both academically and athletically, to get an opportunity he deserved,â said Holman. âHe has a great work ethic for us in the sports arena. And he minded his own business, so when an opportunity like this presented itself, he could take advantage of it.
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