PHOENIX - Every high school football fan in the state of Arizona, along with multiple college fan bases across the country, know that four-star wide receiver Jalen Brown is the star of Mountain Pointe High School.
Leading his team in every statistical passing category and one of the key players in the Pride’s secondary, Brown has caught 14 passes for 340 yards and four touchdowns in limited work and has already taken two of his five official visits, and will head to Wisconsin this weekend.
But head coach Norris Vaughan has more than a couple division 1 prospects on his roster, making Mountain Pointe one of the top prep programs in the state.
Two-way lineman Natrell Curtis – a four-star prospect ranked the No.15 OG in the country – has multiple BCS offers he is considering. Cornerback Dominique Fenstermacher is approaching double-digit offers with his biggest one coming from Nebraska and has UW interest.
Junior running back Paul Lucas won the high school 100 meter dash and has picked up an early Pac-12 offer and senior Wesley Payne could be a name to watch down the road.
Vaughan breaks down some of the other players on his roster when he spoke with FoxSportsNext after Friday’s practice at the team’s high school.
On Curtis: “He’s a really good athlete. He’s strong. He’s got a nasty streak about him when he plays. He’s a great player and he’d be even better if he dropped some weight. He had a bunch of offers, but I think he’s going to stay close to home. Who knows? He doesn’t have great grades right now but he’s working on. He’s been doing a lot for us right now on both sides of the football, so he’s been an important part to our success … He’s our best d-1 prospect (outside Brown).
On Fernstermeister: “He’s our best cover guy. He’s a senior and kind of a late bloomer. He’s got great hips, great feet and a great cover guy. He’s not a big tackler, but he’s a shutdown type corner.”
On Lucas: “Paul has always been a running back and Paul is a really good back with great speed, but he’s move of an outside guy. If we asked him to block, he’s probably not going to make a very good block. He’s a little light, not very strong right now, but he’s got pretty good strength for his size. He’s adding weight, but he’s still pretty small. He’s a great outside runner and he’s also a great receiver. He catches the ball great out of the backfield. He’s got an offer from Oregon State and he’ll get more.”
On Payne: “If I could pick one player I wouldn’t want to get rid of, it’d be Wesley. He’s a talented kid. He’s really grown on the field, but he just needs to get his grades right. He’ll probably go to a junior college and if he gets things in order, he’ll be able to make an impact on someone’s roster.”
The Pride (4-0) travel to Chandler (2-1) before hosting Hamilton in two weeks; a rematch of last year’s state championship game won by Hamilton, 31-16.