Offensive tackle Donald Stephenson had a strong start to his senior season but was sidelined with an injury early in the year. The Kansas City (Mo.) Central is ready for action again and he is still a hot prospect.
The 6-6, 275-pound lineman from Missouri played on both sides of the ball until this year when his coaches kept him strictly on offense. While a sizeable portion of the year has elapsed Stephenson still feels he can make a big impact.
"I played in our first three or so games and people were telling me that I had really elevated my game," said Stephenson. "I knew I was playing good too. I was in good shape and playing the best football of my life. So it was frustrating to have that toe injury.
"Tomorrow I'm supposed to start practicing for the first time again. Since the injury I've been doing all I can to stay in shape so I could get on the field as soon as possible. I've been doing a lot of biking and hitting the weights hard. I think I'll be able to jump right back into the game and make an impact."
"My three favorites are still K-State, Kansas and Nebraska," he said. "I'm looking at Oklahoma and Missouri, but they're just behind the others. Right now it looks like those are the five schools I'll take my officials to. I don't plan on doing that until after the season though, so that could change in the next few weeks.
"Michigan has actually started showing a lot of interest in me recently. I think they're going to offer at some point. I wouldn't immediately consider them a favorite, but I would be very happy. They would have to show me that they really want me up there, like anybody else, but they have a great program. It's a place I could visit if I felt like they really wanted me."
Central has one more district game before the playoffs begin. After the season Stephenson will begin taking his official visits.