HAYWARD, Calif. -- The Central Valley's DB Guru, Tony Perry, is touting a pair of future stars on his 7on7 team this year, including one that has a lot of interest in California.
6-foot, 175-pound Steve Stephens, a 2018 defensive back out of Fresno (Calif.) Edison, claims one early offer -- from Eastern Washington -- but it's Cal that he's really intrigued by, and the feeling seems to be mutual, as he took a trip up to Berkeley for the Bears' Junior Day two weeks ago.
"That was his third time talking with Lovett," Perry said, referring to cornerbacks coach John Lovett.
"He likes my ball skills, how quick I am to get to the receivers," said Stephens. "They like me at safety."
He noted how much he liked the food on the junior day, but also the relationships he began to build with the staff.
"I like the weather out there, and the players are really nice, the coaches are really friendly to me, and I like their cafeteria, that's really nice too," he said with a smile.
With a large lower half and big feet, Stephens is sure to grow, and he's already a formidable weapon in the defensive backfield, with 48 tackles, one interception returned for 69 yards, two pass deflections and one fumble recovery.
"We went up there, we ate bagels and then they took us around. I wear the number two, so I took a picture in that jersey," he said of his junior day visit. "I learned more about their classes, and how engineering is one of their top courses, and I think I want to major in engineering."
Already taking Algebra 2 as a sophomore, Stephens hopes to get into the honors track with Pre-Calculus, and has a 3.5 GPA.