Phoenix Mountain Pointe lost 10 offensive starters from last year’s team that reached the Division I football semifinals.
But don’t feel sorry for coach Norris Vaughan.
In only a few months since junior quarterback Jack Smith arrived on campus via Indiana, Vaughan has been so impressed that he challenges any school in the state that it will have a better quarterback next season.
“Our No. 1 guy is as good as any quarterback in the state,” Vaughan said.
Smith is a common name, but it has a familiar ring around Arizona State, where Jack Smith’s father, Tracy Smith, became the head baseball coach this year.
Jack Smith, who has been at Mountain Pointe since December, threw for 4,052 yards and 46 touchdowns in his first two varsity seasons at Bloomington North.
Vaughan calls Smith an athlete. He runs 40 yards in 4.55 seconds.
“He’s legit,” Vaughan said. “He’s a dual-threat quarterback. He can run and he can throw. ASU is looking at him right now. We’ll see.”
Vaughan said that Smith isn’t playing baseball to get himself ready for next football season and become a top Division I football recruit.
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“If we made him a receiver, he’d be one of the top receivers in the state,” Vaughan said. “If we moved him to running back, he’d be one of the state’s best. If we played him at defensive back, he’d be among the best there.”
Smith will have a good top target next season in 6-foot-4, 200-pound sophomore Isaiah Pola-Mao, one of the state’s top safeties who had two touchdowns in the three passes he caught last season. He’ll go both ways and should emerge as a top receiver in the state.
Pola-Mao, a top 2017 prospect, was all-state at defensive back last season when he intercepted seven passes.
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With the 2015 football class signed, sealed and ready for the next chapter, it’s time to turn the attention to the 2016 class. Richard Obert adds Nos. 21-30 to the list. This list will eventually expand to 150.