Though Round Rock (Tex.) Stony Point finished 3-7 last season, head coach Craig Chessher feels optimistic about the future of the Tigers' program after completing spring football workouts.
While the 2014 class possesses talent, there are four 2015 prospects who Chessher believes could emerge as Division-I prospects over the next few seasons, including quarterback Damian Lindley.
The Tigers' roster currently holds two Varsity quarterbacks in Lindley and senior Aidan Barrera; Chessher says both will see the field this fall.
"We're going a little more up tempo this year, so we may not rotate quarterbacks on every play, but more of a series type thing if someone is hot," he said.
Chessher can identify a progression in Lindley over the past few months.
"He's just over 6-foot-2. He's not really tall, but he throws the ball very well. He's going to be a great quarterback. More than anything, his confidence level is there. He was kind of up and down last year, but this year, he's maintained a pretty high level of play. His ability to feel pressure and move in the pocket and still throw is really good. He ran extremely well," he said.
"He has really growth with his confidence and understanding that he can play this game, and that he's actually pretty good. If you underestimate him on defense, he'll hurt you. He was our leading rusher last year. He could be a real dual-threat quarterback," said Chessher.
Another spring emerging junior-to-be was receiver Justin Gamble.
"He was a First Team All-District player as a sophomore wide receiver. He's a really competitive kid; he ran a 4.47. He put on a show over the spring. He's 5'11", but he looks like he's a 6'1", 6'2" guy. Long arms, high cut, lanky kind of guy, and he's an athlete," said Chessher.
A few schools have been by to see Gamble, and the athlete was also invited to camp at Texas.
"With Gamble, you have a kid that when the ball is thrown at him, he's going to catch it. We had him covered multiple times in spring and we were only able to defend him one time and knock the ball down. He has a knack for great timing, he can jump and catch the football, and really he is a threat in running the football.
"Gamble has a competitive nature that is kind of unique. He plays the game with a fury and a fire that are special. Our expectations for him are high; his expectations for himself are even higher. I think you need to keep an eye on him because someone is definitely going to say 'yeah, we want him,'" he said.
"Smith has been really good all spring; he has phenomenal hands and has put on some weight. He's an old fashioned tight end," said Chessher. "Davis just looks like a Division-I offensive lineman. We have him playing tackle right now."
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According to Chessher, a few other Stony Point prospects could emerge this fall, including tailback James Gray, running back Joe Marrero, linebacker Shawn Jacquet, receiver Jeremy Carr, and defensive linemen Gary Stinnette and Aaron Flow.
"Gray had a phenomenal spring; we are going to use him more this year. Marrero has phenomenal skills and great hands. Our defensive line has always been pretty good, and we have those type of guys now. They may not have the same size, but they are very, very quick and they can play the game," said Chessher.