Stephens Discusses Early Playing Time

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One of Virginia Tech’s four high school senior linebacker recruits, Halifax County (South Boston, VA) star Allen Stephens believes there is an opportunity for playing time as a true freshman next year. He says the message was clear this past weekend, when he, along with the other three linebackers and a handful of other commitments, made an official visit to Blacksburg.

“We talked to Bud Foster. He said there are a lot of positions open. The senior linebackers are graduating, so someone might need to step up early,” Stephens said. “I think it looks pretty good. I think there is some depth, but whoever shows up and is competitive could earn playing time.”

Stephens was excited to learn of the possibility of early playing time. He also had a great time this past weekend, getting to know fellow recruits and current Virginia Tech players. His roommate was fellow linebacker Lyndell Gibson and his host was someone he knew quite well.

“My host was [former Halifax standout] Patrick Terry,” Stephens said. “He is rooming with Tyrod Taylor, so I got to know Tyrod too. I talked to a lot of other guys. I talked to Macho. I talked to Davon [Morgan]. I talked to Kam Chancellor. We all got to know each other. I liked getting to know more about them. I talked a lot with Lyndell because he is my roommate and I also got to know Tony Gregory real well. I really liked going out with the players and I liked hanging out in the dorms.”

While Stephens was spending most of his time with the players and fellow recruits, his parents were off spending time with head coach Frank Beamer.

“My mom and dad even went to Coach Beamer’s house,” Stephens said. “They took a tour around the house. They had a good time.”

Stephens, a 6-1, 240-pound prospect, earned Western Valley district defensive player of the year honors his junior season but missed half of his senior year due to a knee injury. He says the knee is now “back to normal.”

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