One of the nation's top safety prospects, Steve Stephens is ready to shut down his recruitment and will announce his college choice this weekend.
"I'm going to commit Sunday at the Passing Down 7v7 tournament," Stephens said. "It should be cool, they have a little break between the morning and afternoon session and I'm going to announce it then. I'm ready to do it, I know where I want to go so I don't see any reason to hold off any longer."
"I loved everything about the trip," Stephens said. "I loved the campus, the coaching staff and the direction the program is going in. I like the defense and the energy I saw at practice and I felt really comfortable with what the coaches were telling me about how I would fit in there.
"I spent a lot of time with Keith Heyward (DB coach) and coach Taggart (head coach) and they're both great guys. The trip was better than I expected and it gave me a lot to think about."
Among the other schools on his list, USC is the only other one he has visited.
"I liked it at USC a lot," Stephens said. "That was a great visit too and the coaches made me feel very welcome. They have a great program with great tradition and you can tell the program is definitely going in the right direction."
Stephens is currently rated the No. 41 overall prospect in the country and has exceptional cover skills for a safety. He might have been the overall MVP at the Under Armour All-American Camp in Mission Viejo and has the ability to play a role similar to what Budda Baker did at Washington, as a safety, nickel and cover corner.
He has a great feel for the position as well, is a very instinctual player with good ball skills and has a chance to develop into an impact player early in his college career. He still needs to fill out and add some size and strength to his frame but his upside is very high.