Interview with Norfolk State Outside Linebacker Lynden Trail

Lynden trail played his high school football at Booker T. Washington in Miami, Florida where he played defensive end, tight end and wide receiver. Trail earned first-team All-Dade honors and was widely regarded as a four star recruit. After considering offers from Florida, LSU, Florida State, Purdue, Georgia, Miami Michigan Tennessee, USC and others, Trail chose to sign with Florida out of high school.

After his sophomore season at Florida, Trail decided to transfer to Norfolk State. In his first season with the Spartans he led the team in tackles (70) and tackles for loss (17). As a junior he started all 12 games and was named first-team All-American by The Sports Network and the College Sports Journal. As a senior, Trail registered 91 tackles and five sacks.

As a result of his stellar career at Norfolk State, Trail became the school’s first player to be offered an opportunity to participate in the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama. Trail had an outstanding week of practice at the Senior Bowl where he displayed an ability to rush the passer, drop back in coverage and set the edge against the run. He also showed off his skills as a pass catcher when he lined up at tight end and caught a touch down during one-on-ones.

Trail has impressed NFL scouts and coaches with his versatility. He’s shown he can play defensive end, outside linebacker in a 3-4 or bump down inside and play three-technique on obvious passing downs. He also impressed teams at his pro day after running 4.77 in the 40-yard dash. Trail has had in-person visits with the Vikings as well as the Dolphins.

Trail has put all the work in; all that is left for him is to hear his name called during the 2015 NFL Draft.


In the phone interview below Lynden Trail discusses why he began playing football, his path to the NFL and what he hopes to accomplish during his career in the NFL


Brandon Howard joined the Sports Talk Florida team to cover the Miami Dolphins in April 2017 and will work diligently to provide daily Dolphins content and give accurate analysis of the roster, coaching and front office. Last season, Howard was the curator of content for Miami Dolphins Wire/ USA Today while aggregating high school sports results in Broward and Palm Beach counties for the Sun Sentinel. Prior to moving to South Florida Howard developed NFL content for Pro Player Insiders while covering the Cleveland Browns from 2014-2015. Howard, a Columbus, Ohio native graduated from West Virginia in 2004 in Athletic Coaching and Education. He also was a scholarship track and field athlete and walk-on football player. Howard was the 2003 Big East Long and IC4A long jump Champion and was a provisional national qualifier in the event. He also maintained his status as a member of the Athletic Director Academic Honor Roll during his time as a Mountaineer.