Hillside rising senior wide receiver Daeshawn Stephens decided to jump on the chance and made it to ECU Monday.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t a conventional spring visit for Stephens. A rainy and cold day forced the team to postpone its scheduled practice taking the opportunity for him to watch the Pirates practice off the table.
“I really wanted to watch (ECU) practice,” said the 6-foot-2, 190-pound Stephens. “Aside from that, the visit was great. I really loved the equipment room and when I tried on jerseys. The hall of fame area was my favorite part.”
ECU hasn’t officially offered Stephens yet, but both sides appear to be interested in one another. He mentioned ECU is a school that will always be on his mind because they throw the ball so much and because it’s an in-state school.
Offensive coordinator Dave Nichol started off his recruitment and Stephens mentioned the two are building a strong relationship.
Stephens currently holds offers from Elon and James Madison. Other schools have shown interest to him in recent weeks and he believes more offers could be on the way.
“Recruiting is really picking up after the two offers,” said Stephens. “Schools are taking more action like getting on the phone with me and reaching out. Vanderbilt, Appalachian State or ECU should be the next to offer.”
If ECU does offer it’s safe to speculate the Pirates could lead in his interests moving forward.
Last season was a breakout year for Stephens as he put together a highlight reel of big plays. He finished with 75 catches for 968 yards and seven touchdowns.
In his senior campaign, Stephens wants to improve his production for his team and come up in the clutch when they need him. In order to do so he will be working hard in the gym to gain speed as well as improving on his route running.
Check back with IES for updates on Stephens as ECU could be in his recruitment for the long haul.