Trenton Charles wants to play for a Power Five college football program. He wants to play under the lights at Arizona, Northwestern or TCU — all of whom offered him a scholarship — and compete against the best players in the country.
Charles is a three-star prospect in the 2018 class. The 5-foot-9, 165-pounder from Scotlandville Magnet School in Baton Rouge is the 46th-ranked running back in the nation (247Sports), and like the 45 running backs ranked above him, carries a truckload of offers. While Arizona, Northwestern and TCU may stick out to 99 percent of fans — and peer recruits — Charles is part of the one percent fixated on four other offers: Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard and Yale.
"You can make to the league from anywhere. Don't just think about the next 3-4 years," Charles told HERO Sports. "Cause one day you're going to have hang them cleats up. And it may be earlier than you think. Solidify your future or end up a has-been."
When Charles hangs them up, he'll be hanging them next to a degree from Yale. He committed to the Bulldogs on July 13 when visiting the New Haven, Conn., campus.
"Yale is one of the top schools in the world," he said. "A degree from Yale holds weight. Simple as that."
Still, it wasn't easy picking the Ivy League over the Big 12, Big Ten or Pac-12. Charles, also a track star who runs a 4.39-second 40-yard dash, says passing on "big-time football against big-time competition" was an agonizingly difficult decision.
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