St. John’s sophomore Omar Truitt, whose father played in the NFL, is making his mark

St. John’s has one of the region’s top quarterbacks in senior Ben Onett, who has accepted a scholarship offer to play for Temple.

But on average of 10 snaps a game, the Cadets put sophomore Omar Truitt behind center. Normally a wide receiver or defensive back, Truitt is quickly making his mark for his big-play ability.

In a 37-7 victory Saturday over O’Connell, Truitt scored St. John’s first touchdown on a 39-yard pass from Onett and later added a 58-yard touchdown run.

“He’s very explosive and very instinctual,” St. John’s Coach Joe Patterson said. “He’s got tremendous body control.”

The recruiting process is just starting for the 5-foot-10, 167-pound Truitt — who started five games last season as a freshman — but Patterson believes he will earn college scholarship offers. His father, Olanda Truitt, played at Pittsburgh and Mississippi State, then spent six seasons in the NFL with the Redskins, Oakland Raiders and Minnesota Vikings.

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