Hybrid Defender Jabreel Stephens Is Staying Put in the Tampa Bay Area, Says Yes to South Florida

Nearby South Florida has edged out Louisville for the South's 22nd-ranked defensive end, Jabreel Stephens.

Seffner (Fla.) Armwood standout, Jabreel Stephens, who's labeled as the nation's 53rd-ranked defensive end on Scout, is staying put in Hillsborough County to play his college football for Charlie Strong and the South Florida Bulls.

A former Louisville commit, the 6-foot-3.5, 225-pound Stephens checks in with additional scholarship offers from ArizonaCaliforniaKentuckyMaryland and Syracuse among many others.


Stephens is s a disruptive kid that does a good job of disengaging and putting a body on the football. He also flashes nice anticipation and instincts with his ability to deflect balls at the line of scrimmage.

He is also strong at the point of attack, providing a thud and strong punch to stun his opponent. He has to continue to work on his tackling technique, as well as strengthen up his frame and get stronger, but is an intriguing prospect that can operate in space and move all around the defense.

Stephens, who's also tagged as the 22nd-ranked defensive end in the South, piled up 49 tackles (36 solo), eight sacks and four forced fumbles for a Hawks team that finished off the 2016 season with a 10-2 record.

As always, stay tuned to Scout.

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