Stephens Accepted at Virginia Tech

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Former Halifax County (South Boston, VA) star Allen Stephens finished out his senior year the way he needed to, meaning that he has been cleared to enroll at Virginia Tech this summer. The top linebacker prospect, who graduated from Halifax County High on May 30th, does not have long before he is due to arrive in Blacksburg.

“I’m good to go,” Stephens said. “I go up on June 29th. I go up on June 29th for a football meeting and I think I start school on the 30th.”

About to embark on his college career, Stephens is looking forward to “making new friends and living the college life.” Of course he is very anxious to be part of the football program, but he is also serious about competing for early playing time.

“Going in there, I’m going to do what I need to do and take care of business,” said Stephens, who believes he’ll play middle linebacker at Virginia Tech. “I will make friends, but on the field I’ll show what I need to do. I look forward to going head-to-head with the other linebackers.”

The 6-1, 247-pound prospect turned in a fantastic junior season performance at Halifax, compiling over 150 tackles and earning Western Valley District Defensive Player of the Year honors. A knee injury kept him out for half of his senior season, but Stephens says the knee is doing well now and he has been pleased with how his preparation for Virginia Tech has gone.

“My off-season is going pretty good,” Stephens said. “I’ve been lifting with the team. I’ve worked out with them. Rodale [Pippen] – he is going to Grambling – and I work out together. My knee has been pretty good. I went down to Tech for the Spring Game and they checked it out. They said it looked pretty okay.”

Stephens believe Virginia Tech’s football future is a bright one.

“I see a championship,” Stephens said. “We have got good recruits coming in this year. There are some good players in 2009 coming in.