Lyon signs 2nd Batesville Pioneer for 2014 football class

BATESVILLE, Ark. ( – Lyon College first-year football coach Kirk Kelley continues to build his program around the interior line. Kelley has announced the signing of his fourth lineman in as many players when he inked Batesville graduate James Trotter to a letter of intent to play for the team in 2015.

Trotter was a 6-3, 290-pound offensive and defensive tackle for the Pioneers in 2012. He graduated from Batesville this past spring. He was a 2011 and 2012 Arkansas Class 5A East All-Conference player. He also was a member of the 2012 Super Team.

"This is a great signee for us," said Kelley about the addition of Trotter. "He's honestly probably one of the best linemen ever to play at Batesville High School."

Kelley said the acquisition of Trotter is huge for his program and continues to solidify the team through offensive and defensive fronts.

"I've said it before and I'll continue to say it, our team will only be as good as our linemen. We're not purposely just going after linemen, but we've gotten four great ones already.

"James has great size, great speed and he fits the mold of the type of players we're continuing to sign here at Lyon. So far they've just happened to be linemen, but you've got to have good linemen to build a successful program.

"I'm extremely excited to sign James. I will sleep good at night knowing he is anchoring our offensive line. He was a force on the line for Batesville and I'm sure he'll do the same for us. He received multiple awards in high school and rightfully so. He's really a special player."

Currently a student at University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville (UACCB), Trotter wants to pursue a degree in Pre-Law at Lyon College. Trotter said he was pursued by Arkansas State University and University of Central Arkansas, as well at Lyon.

James is the son of Charles Trotter and Stephanie Isaacs of Batesville.

Trotter is currently the biggest of the four linemen signed by the Scots, which is saying a lot. The first four signees include Batesville senior tight end Garrett Denton (6-3, 255 pounds), Subiaco Academy offensive/defensive tackle Cody Eveld (6-3, 260) and Cedar Ridge offensive/defensive lineman Micah Talley (5-10, 230).

Lyon College is in the first year of a three-year phase to re-instate the football program at the institution after a 62-year absence. Plans for this year are to sign approximately 50-65 players before the fall of 2014 and simply go through a training phase with the squad next fall.

The first intercollegiate games for the Scots will be in the fall of 2015. Home games will be played at Batesville High School's Pioneer Stadium. Lyon College is set to join the NAIA Central States Football Conference in 2014.