Mims Having Special Season

As the high school playoffs draw to a close, the teams left have a unique advantage by being able to showcase the talent they have on their teams. One such team is Round Rock Stony Point, where defensive end Tevin Mims has seen his stock rise as he continues his amazing run to the championship.

Round Rock Stony Point is the newest high school in the city of Round Rock, a community just north of Austin that continues to grow at a rapid pace. What is also rapid is the ascension of the Stony Point football program. 3-7 just two years ago, the 12-1 Tigers are just one step away from the Class 5A state championship game after defeating a very talented Dallas Skyline team 28-14 last weekend. The challenges continue as the Tigers now face No. 3 nationally ranked Allen High School at Waco on Saturday. The defense has been the key to the Tigers' success, and the biggest playmaker of them all is defensive end Tevin Mims. But Mims credits his teammates for his success.

"We all work for each other. There are no individuals. It's like the military," Mims said. "I've played with these guys since seventh grade and we're very close knit. It's about all of us doing it together."

While the 6-foot-4, 242-pound athlete doesn't like to talk about his individual performance, we can tell you that Mims has approximately 50 tackles on the season along with 12 sacks and 10 tackles for loss. His speed off the edge is tough for opposing linemen to stop, and it's that ability that has made Mims the fastest rising 2009 recruiting prospect in the state. What has happened in 2009 that allowed for this breakout season?

"I just go out there and execute with the team," Mims said. "Personally, I think it's that I took a leadership role on the team, and I knew I had to work harder and play better. Plus, I have to give credit to my teammates. They've played harder as well. We compete for each other."

While his teammates and the state playoffs are on his mind, the senior is also dealing with an onslaught of new interest from several major in-state programs and schools across the Big 12.

"I'm hearing from Texas A&M, Tech, TCU, Texas, and Kansas right now," Mims said. "I'm still open to most schools and I'd like to take my five official visits when the season is over."

While TCU has been recruiting the Round Rock native since last spring, the Aggies and Longhorns have made recent advances on the playmaking defensive end.

"Growing up, I followed the Longhorns and Aggies. Texas is at the top of college football every year," Mims said. "My sister is a sophomore at A&M and we visit her all the time. I really like the atmosphere there. It's a college town and the community revolves around the school. I like that."

While the Longhorns and Aggies are new to the scene, TCU has been recruiting the blue chip defender since last year and Mims likes what he sees from the Horned Frogs' defense.

"I like the way they play football on defense," Mims said. "They are like the underdog. Nobody thinks about them, but they always overachieve and play great football."

Mims doesn't have any visits currently scheduled because of the current playoff run, but as soon as the season is over he'll start scheduling visits. He says the Aggies, Red Raiders, Horned Frogs, and Jayhawks will get visits. He's not sure about any possible visit plans to Texas. The Longhorns have not extended an offer yet although they are actively recruiting him, and the close proximity to Austin will make scheduling much easier if he decides to visit the campus. But for now, Mims' focus is on the semi-final game this Saturday against Allen.

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