Gilbert quarterback Mitch Trail is moving east.
On Wednesday, Trail said he's moving to Newport, Kentucky and will attend Newport Central Catholic for his senior year.
Tigers coach Leland Rodgers - who was officially hired by the school Tuesday afternoon - said Wednesday that he spoke briefly with Trail. Rodgers believes either a family or job-related situation is the impetus behind the move.
"Regardless of what happened (in hiring a new coach) I think it was something his family had to do," Rodgers said. "You wish him luck and hope he'll be successful his senior year."
Trail threw for 1,694 yards, 16 touchdowns and 11 interceptions in nine games as the team's starting QB last fall, though he, like everyone else, would have a new system to learn under Rodgers.
But he was one of the better returning quarterbacks in the East Valley, and, along with receiver Connor Helvig, could have been a cornerstone of the Tigers offense next season.
Mark Heller is the East Valley Tribune sports editor. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (480) 898-6576.