Texas Tight End Looking to Make Waves

Coppell High School plays in one of the toughest divisions in the state of Texas. A 5A program in a division that includes Euless Trinity, LD Bell, and Southlake Carroll High Schools, among others, the division is loaded with D1 talent. There is a tight end prospect in the Coppell Cowboy ranks who hopes to prove he's worthy to be called a D1 prospect.

Coppell High School tight end Scott Huntsman is flying a little under the radar. However, coming in at 6-4, 220-pound at the age of 17, Huntsman has some versatile skill sets that Coppell Head Coach Mike DeWitt will put to good use next season.

"I'm 6-4, 220-pounds and this last season (2013) I played tight end," Huntsman said. "This next season (2014) I'll be playing on both sides of the ball at both tight end and defensive end. I think my biggest strength right now is my quickness and speed. I run a 4.6 second forty-yard dash and a 4.2 second shuttle run.

"I'm a very versatile player who can go out and play wide receiver as well as play different positions with my body and size. This past season I've been working really hard and busting my butt all off-season. I put on 30 pounds; I was 190 last August coming back from basketball. I've been eating and lifting and working hard being dedicated to the sport."

Coppell High School plays in the toughest division in the state of Texas, and the reason Scott Huntsman has gone under the radar is because he came back to playing football just last season. Coppell coaches decided to ease him back into the sport by placing him on the J.V. team.

"I played J.V. last year because I didn't even talk to the coaches about playing [again] until a week into the season," said Huntsman. "I wasn't even on the team for two-a-days or anything. I used to play when I was younger but I stopped my freshman year. I had broken my hand and I had decided to just stick with basketball. I [have] a passion for football and a love of the game that I just wasn't getting with basketball so I decided to come back."

Huntsman probably could have contributed at the varsity level last season but the Cowboys had Baylor commit Blake Mahon playing tight end.

"The situation was our starting tight end last year was 6-6 and had a full ride to Baylor," Huntsman said. "I just wasn't good enough then to start over him, so to get me back into the swing of things my coaches said, ‘Look, let's try and [ease you] back into the game.' I played J.V last season and got used to things again. Next year I'm going to take over the tight end position."

With 2014 expected to be Huntsman's year to shine, he hopes to contribute and help his team reach their collective goals as well as achieve his own personal goals.

"Our [overall] team goal for next season is to go for state. I mean we compete against the best of the best in the nation and we're going for a state championship," said Huntsman. "I've taken a leadership role quickly on the team. I have complete confidence in saying that I'm the hardest worker on the team, and I've shown by example, through my work ethic and hard work, that I'm dedicated to the team."

"For me individually, I just want to be a playmaker and contribute to the team. I really want to open [people's] eyes next season. Those are some of the goals we have as a team and that I have for myself."

Being an LDS athlete, Huntsman grew up watching BYU. He watched BYU legends such as Jonny Harline make game winning catches against rival Utah with no time left on the clock. More recently, he watched Dennis Pitta, now with the Baltimore Ravens, stretch the field and rack up the yards. It's his dream to one day follow in their footsteps at BYU.

"First off, ever since I was young watching Jonny Harline and Dennis Pitta, I've always been a tight end," Huntsman said. "It's always been a dream for me to play at BYU. I mean, that's the first reason. Also, my whole family has gone to BYU and the morals and standards that's there. I love the program and feel I could just focus on what's important: school and football."

Huntsman will first have to prove himself and that's what he hopes to do. He'll make the trip out to BYU over the summer to attend BYU's summer camp to show what he's got to BYU's coaches in an effort to try and earn a BYU scholarship offer.

"When I go out there they're (BYU coaches) not going to really know my name, but the first thing they're going to see is my size and athleticism," said Huntsman. "I'm going to try and be a playmaker. I'm going to be a versatile player and they're going to see that. I could play d-end but I also have the size and speed to play outside linebacker as well, or they could put me at receiver and I could run a fade. I'm going to be a versatile playmaker and that's what I hope to show when I get out there."

Joining Huntsman at BYU's summer camp will be Coppell right tackle Jordan Murray, who comes in at around 6-9, 340-pounds. Murray joined the LDS church a few years ago. Joining Huntsman and Murray will be 2016 running back prospect Brandon Rice, who is currently getting looks from Arkansas and Oklahoma.

Coppell quarterback Skyler Bonneau (Nike Camp MVP) will be making the trip along with another 2016 prospect in middle linebacker Austin Hansen, who is also LDS. There is a lot of talent coming out of Coppell High School, but for now Scott Huntsman just has BYU's summer camp on his schedule and will wait till after Coppell's spring camp to receive other camp invites from college coaches who will be visiting during that time to scout out the team.

"With a big school like Coppell we have a lot of D1 athletes coming out, so we get a lot of college coaches coming out to scout out our team and watch," Huntsman said. "My plan is to show up for spring football and wait for invites to camps from those coaches that come out to watch us."

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