Three former Trinity players transfer to CathedralPublished 12:04am Wednesday, July 2, 2014
NATCHEZ — Former Trinity Saints Dee Fleming, Quinton Logan and Wyatt Boothe will be donning green and white this football season as all three have been accepted to Cathedral High School.
Fleming, Logan and Boothe each met with Cathedral High School chief administrator Pat Sanguinetti individually last week. After meeting with each player, observing their transcripts and understanding why they wanted to come to Cathedral, Sanguinetti decided to grant them admission.
“The bottom line is they did the necessary paperwork, and once I looked at the situation, I made a decision as to whether they would be an asset to Cathedral,” Sanguinetti said. “After meeting with each, I felt compelled to accept them. I’ve turned down many kids before, but I thought enough of these young men to accept them. You know me, academics always comes first.”
Fleming comes to Cathedral after rushing for 1,106 yards and 16 touchdowns as a sophomore last season, while Logan makes the jump after recording 74 total tackles as a junior with the Saints. Boothe sat out most of last year after an elbow injury, but hopes to contend for the starting quarterback position with the Green Wave.
The reason each individual wanted to make the switch varies depending on who you ask. For Logan and Fleming, it was the combination of the athletics and academics that Cathedral High School provides. It was far from an easy decision for them, however.
“I really enjoyed my time at Trinity, but it was just a decision I had to make,” Fleming said. “I spent many nights praying about it.”
Once Fleming and Logan decided to transfer, Boothe chose to follow.
“I just wanted to be with Dee and Quinton, really,” Boothe said. “Go where they go.”
The transfers have forced Trinity head coach Zach Rogel to seek help from other athletes in the school, like Alex Patel who Rogel coached in baseball. Rogel said his numbers are hovering around 16 after the loss, and he hopes to add more with transfers in the near future.
“It puts me back at ground zero,” Rogel said. “We’ve got a great group of 10th graders, though.”
Rogel said sophomore Cade Wells, who played junior varsity at quarterback last season, will be counted on to replace Boothe’s arm.
“Cade Wells can do the things that I was going to ask Wyatt to do,” Rogel said.
Tommy McCoy is the only returning upperclassman Rogel has remaining, but Rogel isn’t discouraged about developing a young team.
“I feel that we’re in a position to build our 10th grade and younger class, which is exciting,” Rogel said. “We’re going to build over the next one or two years and then have a team that can compete with anybody in the state.”
Cathedral head coach Ron Rushing said he didn’t seek any of the Trinity players, and he said he was going to support Sanguinetti’s decision.
“It just happened,” Rushing said. “They came and registered and turned in their papers. We don’t have anything to hide. We’re excited about having them.”
With the additions, suddenly, Rushing is looking at a deep backfield with Fleming and Christian Jenkins, an added skill player in Logan and a contending starter to be the Green Wave’s quarterback next season.
“It makes my job a lot easier, or well, it makes it a lot harder, you know,” Rushing said. “It’s easier when you coach good athletes, but we have to spread the ball around. It’s a good problem to have.”