Katy (Texas) Morton Ranch had gone 1-19 over its first two varsity seasons. This year, the Mavericks have opened 2-0 under new coach Scott Svendsen and a talented duo of skill players.
Quarterback Joe Mitchell, who started in the last game of the season in 2007 which the Mavericks also won, is changing the culture at Morton Ranch.
"What he does is provide great leadership," said Svendsen. "He's a talented kid, but he keeps everyone calm and just leads them."
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With the team's early success and Mitchell's versatility, the early tape looks good on the 6-foot-3 athlete. Schools across the country are requesting tape, while Tulane, Rice and Kentucky look like geniuses for offering Mitchell early.
"He likes the schools that have offered him a lot," Svendsen said. "He also likes Texas Tech and Oklahoma State a lot, but he's open."
Running back Michael Venson is also showing flashes of Division I talent. Vinson has the vision and speed that set him apart at the high school level.
"Michael is dynamic for sure," he said. "He's an impact player for us who can make something out of nothing. He's talented."