Camp Made the Difference for Stephens

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Last Monday, Virginia Tech landed a commitment from promising Halifax (South Boston, VA) linebacker prospect Allen Stephens. The 6-1, 240-pound Stephens, who chose the Hokies over West Virginia, reflected on his college decision and discussed his future at Virginia Tech.

Rated a 3-star prospect by, Stephens earned Western Valley District Defensive Player of the Year honors last season as a junior. At linebacker, he tallied over 150 tackles. He has also seen time at defensive end in his high school career, but, though he would not totally be opposed to a position switch, Virginia Tech is recruiting him primarily as a linebacker.

“Personally, I would want to play linebacker,” Stephens said. “The coaches only talk about linebacker, but I could probably play other positions. I could probably play defensive end. I started off at defensive end in high school before moving to linebacker. I think I could play there.”

Stephens showed off his skills at linebacker at Virginia Tech’s camp on July 14th. It was this experience – Stephens’ first at Virginia Tech – that would ultimately lead to a commitment.

“It was after the camp, really,” Stephens said of when he thought Virginia Tech was the place for him. “I went to camp and then afterwards coach Stinespring gave me a tour of the main athletic department. I figured after we did the tour that Virginia Tech would be the place for me. I really thought about it more riding home.

“It was really a comfort level thing. And it was based a lot on the coaches.”

Coach Bryan Stinespring serves as Stephens’ primary recruiter and the two have developed a good relationship. This relationship helped seal the deal for Tech.

“I have seen him since my 10th grade year,” Stephens said of Stinespring. “He said hi and everything, but it wasn’t until my 11th grade year when I really got to know him. All coaches are serious when it comes to football, but