VT Offers Halifax County Junior LB

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Virginia Tech had success at Halifax County High School (VA) in the 2007 class, landing a verbal commitment from speedy wide receiver Patrick Terry. The Hokies are going back to Halifax for the 2008 class in hopes of landing the star of the Comets defense.

Virginia Tech recently offered 6-1, 240-pound junior linebacker Allen Stephens.

“I talked to Coach Stinespring,” said Stephens, who has also drawn early interest from Boston College, Duke, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Penn State, UVa and West Virginia. “The first time I met him he came to see another football player at our school. The second time he came, he offered me a scholarship. They have sent me a letter saying I have a scholarship.”

Though he did not have a childhood favorite in terms of college football programs, Stephens does now have high interest in the Hokies.

“I didn’t have a favorite school coming up, but as I got older I noticed that Virginia Tech has a real good defense,” Stephens said. “I want to go there because people from Halifax are up there. My family and other people here can come see me play.

“I really want to go to Tech, but I’m not really there yet to make a commitment. I’d say that’s probably where I’ll end up.”

UVa is showing early interest as well, though Stephens is not sure if an offer will come. He and some other teammates attended UVa’s team camp last summer.

Stephens turned in a standout 2006 season at middle linebacker, earning Western Valley district Defensive Player of the Year honors for his efforts. He also earned first-team all-district and first-team all-region honors in helping his team to an 8-3 overall record.

“I’m 6-1, 240 pounds, and I play middle linebacker. I did good last season. I had 157 tackles. My coaches play me as a sideline to sideline player. I always start out on the wide side of the field. I’m more of a run-stopper right now, but I’m working on my pass drops and everything,” said Stephens, who was played on the varsity level since he was a freshman. He started out at defensive end and moved to linebacker two games into his sophomore season.

A good athlete, Stephens, who says he has been hand-timed at 4.59 seconds in the 40-yard dash, also plays basketball and baseball. In addition to playing other sports, he will be lifting weights and preparing for his senior football season.