Halifax County (South Boston, VA) junior Allen Stephens is doing well in varsity baseball, batting around .375. But football is the future for the 6-1, 240-pound linebacker prospect, and he has an idea of when he will decide where he will play on the next level.
“Probably during the summer,” Stephens replied when asked when he may make a commitment.
Maryland, Virginia Tech and West Virginia have offered scholarships. UNC is among the other programs showing serious interest. Right now, though, Stephens favors the Hokies and the Mountaineers.
“West Virginia is an overall good team,” Stephens said. “Virginia Tech is a really good defensive team. Their defensive coach has been coach of the year. And, it’s close to home.”
Stephens has not visited either of his favorites, but he plans to do so next month. He is planning a trip to Morgantown for camp on June 10th and plans to attend Virginia Tech’s camp as well.
“Coach Stinespring visited our school last week and gave my coach some camp information,” Stephens said. “The camp is on June 14th. I’ll probably take that visit up there then.”
A UNC coach has also stopped by Halifax County High and a West Virginia coach is expected to stop by tomorrow. All schools are recruiting Stephens as a linebacker. As a junior last season, he tallied over 150 tackles and earned Western Valley district defensive player of the year honors.
“Coaches tell me that they like that I’m a sideline player,” Stephens said. “They say they like the way I go through holes. They all think I’ll fit in with their defense.”
Following baseball season, Stephens plans to hit the weight room to prepare for his senior football season. He could also make a decision in the mean time, so stay tuned for more on the talented 2008 class recruit.