Profile 2003 - Dwight Stephenson, Jr. (DE/LB)

One of the top defensive standouts in the Sunshine State likes the Gators. It looks like the battle for Dwight Stephenson, Jr. could be a three team battle.

Dwight Stephenson, Jr. #56

6-3, 217, 4.6
Defensive End/ Linebacker
Del Ray Beach (Fla.) Pope John Paul

School Preferences - FSU, Florida, and Miami lead Alabama

  • Bench Press - 300; Power Clean - 260; GPA - 2.9
  • Summer Camps -  Nike (Miami), Down 'n Dirty, Alabama, Miami
  • Comments - could play linebacker or defensive end at the next level... very strong and athletic... good rusher... pursues well... has played linebacker until last season (first as DE)... fast and quick
  • Goals - "I want to lead the state in sacks and work to be the best.  I want to be good enough to be recruited. " - Stephenson
  • Other Sports - Track, Weight Lifting, Basketball
  • Misc - father (Dwight, Sr.) played center for the University of Alabama and the Miami Dolphins.
Profle 2003 - Dwight Stephenson (DE/LB)
A name you will be hearing often in the upcoming months of the recruiting season is Dwight Stephenson, Jr.  Does the name ring a bell?  If not, it should.  His father, Dwight, Sr., is considered one of the greatest centers of all-time.  He played college football for Alabama and had a nine-year career with the Miami Dolphins.  

"Most of the attention is on him but the expectations on me are high because of him," said Dwight, Jr.  "I am expected to do well and be a good player.  I look at it that this is a great bar to measure myself.  

"My father has taught me a lot.  He also critiques me with the bad stuff so I can become a better player.  He makes me work hard."  

Unlike his father, Dwight, Jr. will play defense.  After playing most of his career as a linebacker, Dwight Jr. moved to defensive end last season as a junior.  

"He has  tremendous natural strength," said his head coach, Dave Dunn from Pope John Paul High School.  "Dwight overpowers everyone and runs so well."  

Stephenson is also a very good athlete.  Aside from football, he also plays basketball and participates in weight lifting and track.  But football is his main sport.  

"They call me ‘Psycho' because on the football field, I have a different temperament.  You have too.  

"I think I am faster and quicker than most linemen.  I am good at reading plays.  I think I could be a linebacker or defensive end at the college level."  

Right now, Stephenson is listing four schools and the defensive standout has one preference.  

"I would prefer to stay in Florida.  Right now, I like Florida State, Miami and Florida the most.  I also like Alabama.  I just want to pick a school that will give me the opportunity to play and showcase my talents.  I also want to pick a good coaching staff.  I did grow up a Miami and Alabama fan."  

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