Halifax County (South Boston, VA) linebacker Allen Stephens had two scholarship offers in the fold heading into 2007, and he has recently added another to bring his total to three. The 6-1, 240-pound prospect is coming off an impressive junior season in 2006, as he earned Western Valley District Defensive Player of the Year honors for his performance.
“Virginia Tech was the first to offer. Maryland was second and West Virginia was third,” Stephens said. “I had Virginia Tech and Maryland before Christmas. West Virginia probably came in the last month.”
Stephens has an idea of which programs he may end up deciding between. He may make a commitment shortly before the start of his senior season, but he didn’t rule out taking his decision into the fall, either.
“Probably, for now, I’ll end up choosing between West Virginia and Virginia Tech,” Stephens said. “I’ve watched both schools many times. I haven’t watched West Virginia as much as Virginia Tech, but I like both teams. As a defensive player, Virginia Tech is known for having good defensive teams. I could standout on a standout defense. West Virginia is a good team overall. I don’t see any individuals stand out, but I see them as a good team overall.
“It’s a juggle between Virginia Tech and West Virginia with Maryland being third.”
When asked if one of the two favorites has an edge right now, Stephens replied, “Tech probably still has the edge for now. Both schools aren’t really far away and both are good teams. I’ll probably end up taking visits to both this summer.”
Stephens, who racked up over 150 tackles last season from the middle linebacker spot, says all three programs that have offered like him initially at linebacker. A versatile athlete, he plays three sports in total – football, basketball and baseball.
In addition to his scholarship offers, Stephens is drawing interest from other programs including the University of Connecticut.
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