January 6, 2009

Mims going down to the wire

Round Rock Stony Point had its best season in school history in 2008, going 13-2 and reaching the state semifinals before suffering a two-point loss to eventual state champion Allen. The catalyst behind Stony Point's rise as a Class 5A power was its defense, which gave up just 190 points in 15 games and was at its best in the playoffs when the Tigers allowed just 57 points in a five-game postseason run. In the day of the modern spread offense and the shootouts that accompany most games in the state, those figures are almost unheard of.

However, it's possible to slow down any offense with a great pass rush and Stony Point head coach Craig Chesher had the privilege of coaching one of the most productive defensive ends in the state in Tevin Mims. The 6-foot-4, 242-pound senior had 54 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, nine pass breakups and 13 quarterback pressures on the season, which gives one an idea of just how disruptive he could be to an opposing offense. Most importantly, Mims had 14 sacks and opposing teams spent most weeks in preparation time simply trying to gameplan around him.

Now, ironically enough, Mims serves as one of the last great recruiting battlegrounds in the class of 2009 within the state of Texas. Unlike most of the top prospects in the state, Mims received little attention early in 2008 since he missed spring practices with a shoulder injury. He has received offers from Texas A&M, TCU, Kansas, Arizona, Iowa State and several other programs, but three schools hold his attention at the moment. According to Chesher, he will likely wind up at one of those three.

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