High School: Brian Nance

Euless Trinity's signing class is near-record 14

February, 1, 2012
Fourteen Euless Trinity football players signed letters of intent Wednesday morning, making it what is thought to be the second busiest signing day in school history.

The number of signees has been exceeded in recent years only by the 16 in 2008.

There were no last-minute changes for Trinity’s four marquee FBS signees, linebacker Brian Nance (Baylor), defensive lineman Polo Manukainiu (Texas A&M), offensive lineman Hiva Lutui (Utah) and safety Illiau Moeakiola (Arizona State).
Four-star linebacker Brian Nance (Euless, Texas/Trinity) said he will play college football at Baylor during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

Nance, a 6-foot-3, 210-pound linebacker, chose Baylor out of offers from Arkansas and UCLA. Nance is considered the 15th-best linebacker in the country.

"The [Baylor] coaches act just like our Trinity coaches," Nance said. "They treated me like a family, and the players all respect each other. I like schools like that. I just want to fit in. They have a good recruiting class, and they're an up-and-coming program.

"When I went to the game [against Rice], I was there watching the fans. A lot of people knew me in the stands. Plus, I've seen a couple players I played against in 7-on-7. I just liked everything about it."

Nance added that even though he chose Baylor, he still plans to take visits to Arkansas and UCLA. He flies to Los Angeles the weekend of Jan. 13 and will schedule a visit to Arkansas shortly afterward.

See more commitments made during the game here.

5A No. 2: Trinity sets standard for excellence

August, 18, 2011

ESPNDallas.com gets ready for the start of the high school football season by unveiling its preseason rankings, one spot at a time:


2010 record: 15-1

Predicted 2011 regular-season record: 10-0

ESPNDallas.com spring ranking: No. 2

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Travis L. Brown/ESPNDallas.com UCLA recruit Hiva Latui anchors what is, as usual, a dominant offensive line for Euless Trinity.
Division I commits: OL Hiva Lutui, (UCLA).

Why they’re here: Trinity has lifted its football excellence to a new level in the last five years, reaching the state championship game four times, emerging victorious on three occasions. While the Trojans have had their share of great players, head coach Steve Lineweaver and his veteran coaching staff are masters at melding individuals from varied backgrounds into cohesive units.

Since 2004, Trinity has either won the state title or lost in the playoffs to the eventual state champion.

The Trojans can build their defense around linebacker Brian Nance, who recorded 174 tackles to go with four interceptions and three sacks in an all-state junior season. Defensive tackles Polo Manukainiu and Moahengi Latu and defensive back Iliau Moeakiola are other key returnees.

On offense, Kailahi Kautai completed 46-of-83 passes for 666 yards and four touchdown in a part-time quarterback role last season. The staple of all Trinity teams is its massive offensive line. This season should not be any different with guard Hiva Lutui, center Dillon Dillard and tackle Henry Lea’aetoa, three all-district selections.

Holes to fill: Graduation of running backs Terrence Tusan and Tevin Williams along with QB/WR Brandon Carter represented 4,000 yards of rushing yards last season. Joel Kimpela is the leading returning rusher with 410 yards and a 13-yard average per carry, but spent most of 2010 on the junior varsity. Enrique Oquendo is the leading returning receiver with four catches for 152 yards.

Key game: vs. Colleyville Heritage, Sept. 22