After four Division I prospects made their way into the spotlight by early summer, it's hard to believe there is a fifth player now on the radar screens at Dallas (Texas) Carter high school that's holding scholarship offers.
Four-star rated Curtis Bailey is not the only game-changing offensive lineman for the Carter Cowboys because the 6-foot-5, 260-pound quick-footed offensive guard Demarcus Love is now among the elite group of the program's prospects.
"We moved him from tackle last year because we needed his speed at the guard position," coach Allen Wilson said about his lineman. "He kind of was spot played last year when we needed him, but now he'll be in the starting role and people will start to take notice."
According to Love, his speed was actually a problem last year when he lined up at tackle.
"Usually I was beating the guard over there when I would pull and everyone would get real confused when I'd be on his back," Love said. "I think I'll play tackle at the next level, but one of my strong suit is pulling and that's why I'm lined up at guard."
Two schools have already offered and Love's recruitment is out of the gate and running. One of his offers was due to getting his name out to the coaches.
"I went to UTEP camp and I just really enjoyed myself," Love said. "I think that's my top school right now because their passing game really suits me. I'm real good at pass blocking so they would fit me."
Kansas State has also offered the talented young man and though he is looking for more interest from Oklahoma State, Baylor, and Colorado State, the Big 12 school has made a good impression on him.
"K-State was my first call in May so I like them quite a bit," Love said. "I've talked with the coaches there and I think we're going to set up a visit for September. Then UTEP is talking about a visit in October. I'm still working on dates and everything."
Now, Love and his Carter teammates are looking to get back that swagger that the tradition-rich school is used to. In fact, different from last year, the Cowboys feel they're underrated as a team.
"It's okay because I think we were overrated last year," Love said. "I mean we didn't make it passed the second round. Just playing for Carter motivates you to a higher standard so we're always being pushed to do better."