For many, Friday’s scrimmage pitting Texas programs West Mesquite and DeSoto is just that – a scrimmage. But West Mesquite 2015 quarterback Chason Virgil is looking at it in a totally different light.
For him, it’s a make-or-break opportunity.
DeSoto has been among the nation’s most respected teams for the past few years, and Virgil is using Friday’s scrimmage as a chance to show he can run an offense against an elite team. The 6-foot-1, 165-pound quarterback also is using this game as the first step toward redemption. His freshman campaign on varsity was cut short after he broke his right wrist -- his throwing wrist -- midseason in 2011.
“I’m taking it as a big game. Some people really have been doubting us, and DeSoto’s one of the top teams in the state,” Virgil said. “I want to show what we’re really made of, and I want people to see what I’m made of. A lot of people didn’t get to see what I can do last year.”
Despite playing only 4 1/2 games, Virgil threw for 758 yards and eight touchdowns. And he was able to show off his goods this spring and summer in 7-on-7 play.
Virgil has interest from Wisconsin, Duke, Clemson, Baylor and several other schools. All of the schools, however, are waiting on sophomore game film before extending an offer.
That's another reason Friday’s scrimmage is so important to Virgil.
“Most quarterbacks start getting recruited their sophomore year,” Virgil said. “I think it’s a crucial year for me. A lot of people really want to see me perform this year. To me, this is where it starts.”