Written by Matt Wixon
Prosper growing like a boom town, and its football program could follow
Prosper has been growing steadily for the last 20 years or so, but it has picked up a lot of speed in recent years. Here’s Michael E. Young’s story about how it’s positioned to be the next North Texas boom town.
It could also be a 5A football power in the mold of Allen, which is about a 25-minute drive away (East on 380, South on 75). Prosper currently has a population of about 13,500, but according to the boom-town story, Prosper could eventually have close to 75,000 or 80,000 residents. Prosper jumped from a large 3A to a small 4A school this season, but 5A is maybe only a couple of realignments away.
I’m not sure if Prosper will always be a one-school city such as Allen, but the school’s new high school that opened a few years ago was built with growth in mind. It could end up as a large 4A that will be part of multiple 4A schools in the district, or there could be community support for a 5A school. It will take years for Prosper to grow to a 5A school, but it has the ingredients for a football powerhouse.
Prosper also already has the look of a budding football powerhouse. Despite being a small 4A school in enrollment, Prosper has more than 200 kids in its football program, which allows it to have two freshman teams, a sophomore team, a junior varsity team and the varsity. It had only 26 varsity players when coach Kent Scott took over the program in 2006, but it’s about twice as big now, with a UIL enrollment of 1,257. It made the playoffs six straight years in 3A and won the Division I state title in 2008.
In its first 4A season, Prosper finished 10-3 and went three rounds in the playoffs.