City of Mansfield enjoys boom times in recruiting

Posted Monday, Feb. 04, 2013  comments  Print Reprints


2013 commits to Division I schools from the Mansfield school district:


DB George Baltimore (6-0, 205): TCU

OL Zach Crabtree (6-7, 275): Oklahoma St.

OL Austin Davis (6-5, 295): Duke

TE Trent Gow (6-3, 235): Air Force

FB Bryan Shanklin (6-1, 235): Air Force

LB Chad Whitener (6-1, 235): California


WR Marchie Murdock (6-1, 180): Illinois


DL Bryson Henderson (6-4, 240): TCU

DL Kendrick Johnson (6-6, 230): N. Colo.


RB Josh Smith (5-6, 170): Liberty

DB Trevor Walker (6-1, 190): Washington

Which school district has bragging rights on National Signing Day?

Have more to add? News tip? Tell us

It's no secret the city of Mansfield has seen a population explosion over the past decade.

One of the ripple effects from the population boom is an abundance of high school football talent, which continues to spread throughout top college programs nationwide.

"The talent level across the school district has really kind of just ballooned here recently," said Legacy coach Chris Melson, who has been at the school since it opened in 2007. "It's crazy how much talent we have in this district from when I first came here six years ago. There's a lot of kids who get to go play college football from this school district and it just seems like it grows every year."

What was once mostly a rural community with one high school is now a must-stop for college recruiters when they visit North Texas as the city doubled in population between 2000 and 2010, going from 28,031 to 56,368.

As a result, the Mansfield school district has built four high schools since 2002, including Lake Ridge, which opened in the fall. The expansion hasn't resulted in a reduction of talent; it has just spread among the campuses.

The district averages six to 10 FBS players a year, Mansfield Summit coach Travis Pride said.

"We're right there with the Arlington area; they always have a handful of very talented guys," he said. "That whole little corridor right off of I-20, you know Duncanville, DeSoto, Cedar Hill and us have talented athletes. I think Mansfield is very comparable to the rest."

The 2013 class is no different. Nine Mansfield area athletes are committed to FBS schools, up from six last year, with the possibility of a few more offers materializing by National Signing Day on Wednesday. There will be a host more signing with FCS, Division II, III, NAIA and junior college schools as well.

"We got a lot of talent here," said Mansfield Legacy receiver Marchie Murdock, who committed to Illinois. "Mansfield should be a town known for recruits, because there are a lot of good players in college now who came from Mansfield."

Mansfield High is expected to lead the way with six players heading to FBS schools, four of them BCS conferences.

"It sort of blew up around fifth or sixth grade and all these kids jumped in together and we've all just been together," said Mansfield fullback Bryan Shanklin, who committed to Air Force. "I think we've lost five or six games since eighth grade. We just all grew up together and played together."

Mansfield ISD looks stocked for 2014 as well, with two of the most heavily recruited athletes in Dallas/Fort Worth returning to Timberview: defensive backs Brandon Simmons and Ed Paris.

"The '14 class with Brandon and Ed being big-time guys, I think it's going to help some of our other kids who are talented enough for D-1, but have been overlooked on the national scene," Timberview coach James Brown said. "I think with a good spring and going through next fall, we have some kids who can do some good things at the next level."

Jarret Johnson, 817-390-7760

Twitter: @JohnsonJarret

Looking for comments?

We welcome your comments on this story, but please be civil. Do not use profanity, hate speech, threats, personal abuse or any device to draw undue attention. Our policy requires those wishing to post here to use their real identity.

Our commenting policy | Facebook commenting FAQ | Why Facebook?

Friday, November 28Full Scoreboard
No games today
Full Scoreboard
Friday, November 28Full Scoreboard
Chicago 11/28 1:00 PM ET
Golden State 11/28 7:00 PM ET
Charlotte TV: CSN-BA, SPSO
New Orleans 11/28 7:30 PM ET
Atlanta TV: FSN-NO, SPSO
Milwaukee 11/28 7:30 PM ET
Dallas 11/28 7:30 PM ET
Toronto TV: FSN-SW, TSN2
LA Clippers 11/28 8:00 PM ET
Orlando 11/28 8:00 PM ET
Indiana TV: FSN-FL, FSN-IN
New York 11/28 8:00 PM ET
Oklahoma City TV: MSG, FSN-OK
Sacramento 11/28 8:30 PM ET
San Antonio TV: CSN-CA, FSN-SW
Phoenix 11/28 9:00 PM ET
Denver TV: FSN-AZ, Altitude
Memphis 11/28 10:00 PM ET
Portland TV: SPSO, CSN-NW
Minnesota 11/28 10:30 PM ET
Full Scoreboard
Week 13Full Scoreboard
Chicago17Final | Box
Detroit «34Gridiron Replay
Philadelphia «33Final | Box
Dallas10Gridiron Replay
Seattle «19Final | Box
San Francisco3Gridiron Replay
San Diego 1:00 PM ET
Baltimore TV: CBS
Cleveland 1:00 PM ET
Buffalo TV: CBS
Tennessee 1:00 PM ET
Houston TV: CBS
Washington 1:00 PM ET
Indianapolis TV: FOX
NY Giants 1:00 PM ET
Jacksonville TV: FOX
Carolina 1:00 PM ET
Minnesota TV: FOX
New Orleans 1:00 PM ET
Pittsburgh TV: FOX
Oakland 1:00 PM ET
St. Louis TV: CBS
Cincinnati 1:00 PM ET
Tampa Bay TV: CBS
Arizona 4:05 PM ET
Atlanta TV: FOX
New England 4:25 PM ET
Green Bay TV: CBS
Denver 8:30 PM ET
Kansas City TV: NBC
Miami 8:30 PM ET
Full Scoreboard
Friday, November 28Full Scoreboard
NY Rangers 11/28 1:00 PM ET
Philadelphia TV: NBC, SN
Chicago 11/28 4:00 PM ET
NY Islanders 11/28 5:00 PM ET
Washington TV: MSG, CSN-DC
Winnipeg 11/28 7:00 PM ET
Boston TV: TVA Sports 2, TSN3, NESN
Montreal 11/28 7:00 PM ET
Buffalo TV: RDS, MSG-BUF
Detroit 11/28 7:00 PM ET
New Jersey TV: FSN-DET, MSG+
Carolina 11/28 7:00 PM ET
Vancouver 11/28 7:00 PM ET
Columbus TV: SN-PAC, FSN-OH
Ottawa 11/28 7:30 PM ET
Florida TV: RDS2, TSN5, FSN-FL
Edmonton 11/28 8:00 PM ET
St. Louis TV: SN-W, FSN-MW
Minnesota 11/28 8:30 PM ET
Dallas TV: FSN-N+, FSN-SW+
Full Scoreboard