Oakman's Trotter signs with Millsaps
by Johnathan Bentley
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Oakman’s Jase Trotter signed a letter-of-intent with Millsaps College on April 13. Present at the signing were, seated from left, Marie Windham, Susan Trotter, Jase Trotter, Jason Trotter and Oma Carroll, back row, assistant baseball coach Brad Murray, Oakman Principal Patrick Gann, brother Jonas Trotter, baseball coach Chris Coons, football coach Mark Hastings and assistant football coach Jeremy Brown. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
Oakman’s Jase Trotter signed a letter-of-intent with Millsaps College on April 13. Present at the signing were, seated from left, Marie Windham, Susan Trotter, Jase Trotter, Jason Trotter and Oma Carroll, back row, assistant baseball coach Brad Murray, Oakman Principal Patrick Gann, brother Jonas Trotter, baseball coach Chris Coons, football coach Mark Hastings and assistant football coach Jeremy Brown. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
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OAKMAN — Oakman High School football coach Mark Hastings can sum up quarterback Jase Trotter in just a few words — leader, clutch and outstanding.

That shows just how much Trotter meant to the Oakman Wildcats over the last three years.

It’s no surprise that Trotter’s time as the starting signal caller coincides with some of Oakman’s most successful football seasons.

Now that his Oakman career is over, Trotter has started the next chapter of his football life, signing with Millsaps earlier this month. He will play for the Majors starting next season.

Millsaps, located in Jackson, Miss., is a NCAA Division III school that plays in the Southern Athletic Association along with Birmingham Southern.

Trotter visited the school in November and committed on a visit last month.

“Their offense isn’t just like ours (at Oakman), but it’s very close,” Trotter said. “On the educational side, they have a 90-plus percent gradation rate, and it’s a 12-1 student-teacher ratio. I really liked that.”

At Oakman, Trotter was part of a team that won 28 games and advanced to the second round of the Class 2A state playoffs each of the last three years.

“Jase is a perfect example of what hard work and dedication will do for a program. He’s been such a leader on and off the field. He’s one of those players that truly makes everyone around him better,” Hastings said.

“He played a couple of games as a freshman and started full time as a 10th grader. Jase was calm under pressure,” Hastings continued. “He was very seldom rattled. He did the things he knew we needed and stepped up at crucial times. He didn’t wait for someone else to make a play, he made them.”

Hastings said the 6-foot-1, 200-pound Trotter was instrumental in Oakman’s last three games of the regular season — Aliceville (28-27), Cold Springs (42-38) and Berry (32-20).

“Those were games where he had to lead at the end of the game to bring us back. Those three really stand out,” Hastings said.

Trotter, the Class 2A first-team All-State quarterback, completed 121 of 189 passes for 2,409 yards and 19 touchdowns, along with just four interceptions. He also rushed 146 times for 859 yards and 15 touchdowns on the season.

In the Cold Springs game alone, Trotter scored six touchdowns, totaled 388 yards of offense and went into the end zone for the game-winning score with just 28 seconds left in the game.

“I couldn’t ask for a better team to play with. When we would get behind, somebody was always trying to make a play to put us back ahead. Coach (Hastings) was always uplifting,” Trotter said. “He would rely on me sometimes during the game. When we were down, he would say, ‘What are you feeling? What do we need to run?’ Sometimes it worked and sometimes it didn’t, but he always had a plan.”

Oakman went 10-2 each of the last two seasons. The Wildcats won one region title and finished second in the region twice during Trotter’s years at starting quarterback.

Trotter, who plans on studying chemical engineering, will play for a Millsaps team that went 9-1 in 2013 under coach Aaron Pelch.