You don't start as a freshman at DeSoto (Texas) High School unless you are a special football player. Not with a talent pool as deep as any in the state.
But sophomore safety Nick Orr has earned his spot as the starting safety over the last two seasons, and with good reason: He's that good.
Orr also put a ton of work into the offseason going into his freshman year to show Claude Mathis and the rest of the Eagles' coaches he meant business.
"He wants someone that can make plays and make good tackles," Orr said. "He wants us to have good range over the top and I think that's what I bring to the team.
"I just kept showing up to workouts every day in the offseason and put in a lot of hard work. I've improved a lot. Going through the spring and seeing some of the plays I am making, it's night and day."
The hard work has already paid off. He's received a hand-written letter from SMU and has received letters from LSU, OSU, Oklahoma, Texas, Texas A&M.