Baylin Trujillo (’14) attended Webber International University from 2012-2014 and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Sport Business Management while he was the quarterback of the football team. Webber was recently notified that he just signed a pro contract with the Florida Tarpons Pro Arena football team that just moved to Lakeland. Trujillo red-shirted at the University of South Florida (USF) under Skip Holtz in 2011. During his time at USF, he was selected to the Big East All-Academic Team. He made the decision to transfer to Webber in 2012 and was a part of the first team in school history to win the Sun Conference Championship in 2014.
Trujillo began his professional career with the Central Florida Jags in 2016, finishing the last two games of their season ending with 5 TD Passes and 1 Rushing TD. He was most recently selected to the Turkey Bowl All-Star Game in 2017 and won MVP “Iron Man Award” with 5 TD passes and 1 Receiving.
Recently, Webber’s Director of Alumni Relations, Jennifer Mueller, was able to chat further with Baylin to ask him a few questions.
1. Why did you choose to attend Webber International University over other schools?
“After the spring of my red-shirt freshman year at USF, there were coaching changes and my QB coach who recruited me, Peter Vaas, switched to coaching the tight ends. The change in coaching affected my chances of playing, so I decided to get my release and search for a new home. I emailed five different schools on the same day I got my release and Coach Leone from Webber was the first to contact me back and set up an official visit. The other schools, which included Florida International University, Florida Institute of Technology, Jacksonville University, and Florida Atlantic University, all reached out to me later on. After my visit to Webber, I loved the opportunity that presented itself to come in and compete to start right away, and they offered me a full scholarship package that I couldn’t refuse, so I committed on the spot! My goal through the transfer was to find a home where I could start, regardless of how big the school was. Webber seemed to be the best fit both academically and athletically.”
2. Which of your experiences at Webber do you feel prepared you for your professional career?
“The main experience that really helped me in my profession was the internship that was required through the Sport Business Management program. I did my internship as a coach through Webber’s football program, which helped me understand the coach’s world separate from the player’s world and perspective. I got to learn how recruiting works, how Hudl is used, how to organize practice schedules and equipment, and how to handle communication when dealing with recruits and parents. I am currently teaching and am the Varsity Quarterback Coach as well as the Head Freshman and JV Football Coach at Oak Ridge High School, my alma mater. Because of the experiences I had during my internship at Webber, I am able to apply those lessons to my coaching and communication with the students and people I work with each and every day!”
3. What are you most looking forward to in this new venture with the Tarpons?
“I am most looking forward to learning under a new coaching staff and learning under a veteran quarterback, Chris Wallace. He has been playing for a long time, even retiring two or three different times, and has won a Championship in arena football. I’m excited to pick his brain to help better myself as a professional quarterback.”
4. What advice would you have for a current student at Webber who is hoping to follow in the same path as you?
“If I had to give any advice to a current student-athlete at Webber, I would say to go to class and get your degree! That is the most important thing I have ever done, and I feel more proud of that than anything I’ve accomplished. The degree is going to last a lifetime whereas everything else, like playing football, coaching, and certain jobs, are temporary in the grand scheme of things. That business degree, which I focused in Sport Business Management, is what sets me up for the rest of my life.”
To learn more about Baylin’s newest journey with the Tarpons, see the following link: http://www.floridatarpons.com/stats#/player/215267/bio