With the change in command at Mansfield (Texas) Summit, first year coach Kyle Geller takes over for former coach Tim Beck who departed for Kansas, and returns eight starters that could each make an impact.
The highlights of that group start obviously with the talented defensive back Jonathan Nelson, a four-star rated Oklahoma commit, but the prospects don't stop there. Some other prospects flying out from under the radar include running back/linebacker Phillip Smith and offensive tackle Kyle Smith. Geller likes the potential for his running back.
"He's been offered by UTEP so far," Gellar said about running back Smith. "The interest is coming from everywhere though. UTEP is a program that is up-and-coming and I feel like that he looks at the same – he looks at it as a big honor."
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"Phillip was down in Florida and took an unofficial visit to Central Florida while visiting some family."
The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Smith plays both linebacker and running back for Summit and should contribute in a number of different ways for the Jaguars. Offensive tackle Smith is also feeling the recruiting love with some offers of his own.
"Kyle is our left tackle and at 6-foot-7, 300 pounds he is a force," Gellar said. "He's actually be offered by Tulane and New Mexico State so far. His dad played football at Texas Tech so if they were to recruit him, I think that would change things."
With his star cornerback Nelson committing early, many would like to think that would be the trend across the roster.
However, Gellar said that it's not a forgone conclusion that all of his players will end their process early, though at times it helps.
"Phillip is open right now to a number of different schools," Gellar said. "Kyle has recruiting interest coming at him as well. It's good in a lot of ways, but it's not going to happen with all of our guys. It helps them stay focused on the season and winning another district title though."
If that wasn't enough, only a couple of weeks ago a new member came to the team and this talented young man is only going to be a junior. He goes by the name John Chiles and this 6-foot-2, 190-pound quarterback has athletic talent that shocked coach Gellar.
"His parents just moved into Arlington and he came over here," Gellar said about Chiles. "I'm telling you right now, he's a phenomenal athlete. He was at a 3A school before so when he showed up I started getting phone calls from papers and people took notice."
"Just watch out for John Chiles."