Now a Class 4A school, Stephenson was 4-3 last season in a region that included Class 4A champion Marist.
’'I feel like we could be on the verge [of reaching the heights of past teams], but we’re young,’' Jelks said. “When these freshmen and sophomores and even eighth graders become juniors and seniors, we should be back in good shape. Starting out, we’re going to play a lot of young kids because that’s what’s in the program.’'
Jelks met with Stephenson’s players Monday, his coaching staff Tuesday and his booster club Wednesday.
Jelks has hires to make, but the current eight-man coaching staff is entirely Stephenson graduates, including co-defensive coordinators Demario Minter and DeJuan Payne. They’ll replace Donald Sellers, who had been with Gartrell from the start. Sellers will remain as the school’s track and field coach.
Spring practice begins April 27.