Live Eval & Film: DE Austin Stevens

MONTCLAIR, N.J. -- was in attendance to see Kansas commit Austin Stevens play recently, and has game cut-ups and a live evaluation of the Montclair (N.J.) High prospect.

Austin Stevens

School: Montclair (N.J.) High
Position: Defensive end
Recruiting situation: Committed to Kansas
Opponent: Union City (N.J.) High

What to Like

Austin plays with a high motor and plays to his assignments. He doesn't freelance and he knows how to remain in position and keep the edge and force runs inside. He has a quick first step, although he doesn't use it all the time.

Stevens can also come unblocked and track a play down from the back side, with adds an element. He also has the frame to add weight and move inside as a defensive tackle the future.

What Needs Work

Stevens has to improve is hand work to get offensive lineman off him with more regularity. He went against class of 2015 offensive lineman Steven Gonzalez, who holds double digit offers, in this game and had trouble whenever Gonzalez was able to get his hands on Stevens.

Stevens also needs to play lower and increase his lower body strength in order to be more explosive. Snap anticipation is another area Stevens needs to work on because he is a bit slow in reacting.

Strength is another part of Stevens' game that will need to improve before he is ready to play in the Big 12.

Final Thought

It will take some work for Stevens to become a Big 12 defensive end, and a move inside could take place if he gains weight and the Jayhawks decide he fits best there. He could also be a blocking tight end, but he heads to Kansas as a defensive end. He will have to improve his explosion and his athleticism to be able to be a factor on defense.

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