Impact Player: ACCS receiver likes to put the moves on defenders
NATCHEZ — Trey Fleming lifts weights like he’s on a dance floor.
With a whole lot of dancing going on between reps, Fleming’s style of weight lifting isn’t far off from his playing style on the gridiron.
As Fleming readied to finish his set of squats Monday afternoon, the Adams County Christian Academy senior bobbed his head and shifted his body to the rhythm of a song blaring in ACCS’ weight room. As you might guess, dancing on the football field comes most naturally to Fleming.
“I like to shake people,” Fleming said. “I love making people miss.”
Fleming takes after his brother, R.J. Fleming, who did his fair share of juking on the football field for the Trinity Saints in 2009 before moving on to play with Arkansas State. Arkansas State is where Trey plans on attending after high school, as he worked out at Arkansas State and received a lot of attention from the coaching staff. If Trey follows his brother at Arkansas State, it would come as no surprise.
“He’s my role model,” Fleming said. “I’m probably going to be just like him.”
Before even thinking about playing at the next level, Fleming is preparing for this football season, where he hopes to have a breakout season for the Rebels. Assistant coach Bill James said Fleming’s speed, knowledge of the game and self-confidence will allow him to do so.
“He’s been improving since I met him,” said James, who knew him since he was knee-high. “This is just the next step in the process.”
Of course, James has had plenty of time to scout Fleming. ACCS head coach David King and James coached R.J. at Trinity, where they witnessed a much younger Trey running around. They jokingly prepared Trey to contribute early on.
“(Coach King) was like, ‘I’m going to get you to play, so get ready,’” Fleming said.
With quarterback Tyler Stockstill, running backs Lester Wells and Torrey Smith and wide receiver Parker Rymer, James said it’s hard to standout in such a talented locker room, but that’s exactly what Fleming does.
“We’ve got a lot of weapons,” James said. “We’ve got some weapons that are just a little bit bitter than other weapons, and he’s in that top tier.”
Fleming accounted for 563 total yards and seven touchdowns last season, and he expects to have more production in 2014.
Going into his senior season, Trey has added some size by working out harder and taking protein. He’s doing everything he can to attract colleges, so he can add another dimension to his flashy playing style. Whether it’s lowering his shoulder for an extra yard or planting his foot in the ground for a shifty move, Fleming wants to become the go-to player for ACCS in 2014, becoming the leader King encouraged him to be.
“I have to take over games,” Fleming said.