Over the next 14 days, we will feature Southern Arizona’s top football players. Our list continues today with Mountain View’s Justice Summerset, who recently won the USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field high jump title.
The rundown: Justice Summerset, ATH/S, 6-3, 155, Mountain View, junior
Who he is: Although just a junior, Summerset is one of the most experienced players on Mountain View’s roster. He is heading into his third season as a starter and figures to be a big help as the Mountain Lions attempt to replace both cornerbacks. A rangy, explosive athlete, Summerset has the height, skills and head to shut down opposing offenses from sideline to sideline. With significant growth as a leader over the offseason, Summerset could also see time at quarterback; he’s currently in the mix with two others in hopes of replacing the graduated Cody Rochon. Summerset saw limited action on offense last season, and rushed for 40 yards and a touchdown on three carries against Rincon/University.
Proof he’s good: Summerset recently won the USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field high jump title, clearing 6 feet 8 inches. Weeks prior, he cleared 6-11 at regionals after playing in a passing league tournament at Pima College that same day. Even before beating the best of the best in the high jump, Summerset had begun receiving college interest for both football and track and field, including invites to football camps at Colorado, Washington and UCLA. Summerset, who is also on the radar for the Arizona Wildcats and NAU, had four interceptions in 7-on-7 play during his trip to Los Angeles and has also drawn interest from the Bruins for track.
He said it: “(High jump) gives him an edge. It’s teaching him to be an elite athlete. Anytime you can cross over and go to another sport and compete at a high level, competitive-wise you grow as an athlete. I watch him compete in track and field and watch some of the things he’s doing, and he’s able to bring that same intensity and same focus back to the football field and become a better football player.” – Mountain View football coach Clarence McRae