Camp Report: Stephens Enjoys First Visit to VT

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6-1, 240-pound Allen Stephens attended Virginia Tech’s camp last Saturday, important considering it was his first experience in Blacksburg. Virginia Tech and West Virginia are Stephens’ top two schools, but does one have the edge following this past weekend’s experience?

The Halifax County (South Boston, VA) product attended camp at West Virginia last month. He compared his experiences in Morgantown and Blacksburg.

“I liked both of them, but I kind of liked Tech better,” Stephens said. “I liked the way it was set up. At West Virginia, we were just on the practice field. At Virginia Tech, first we went to the practice field and then we ate lunch at the stadium. Then, we went to another practice field.”

Stephens also was impressed when head coach Frank Beamer told him a scholarship would be available no matter when he made a decision.

“It shows he really, really wants me,” Stephens said.

Though Tech is in good shape following Saturday’s experience, a decision does not appear imminent. In fact, Stephens may wait until the fall before making a commitment.

“I’ll probably make my decision sometime during the football season. I might take official visits, but I’m not sure,” Stephens said. “I’m not ready to do it at this point. I’ll probably at least go to some games.”

As a junior last season, Stephens, who plays middle linebacker for Halifax, racked up over 150 tackles en route to earning Western Valley district Defensive Player of the Year honors. At Tech’s camp, he participated at tight end and linebacker. He is being recruited by Tech’s coaches as a linebacker.

“Coach Beamer said he really liked my highlight tape,” Stephens said. “He thinks I could fit in and be a good player for them. With Adibi and Hall leaving, I could have a chance to be a starter coming in. He said