Three-star Perry (Fla.) Taylor County receiver Moral Stephens was one of the top performers at Kentucky's Friday Night Blue Lights Camp. His father says the player returned home from the visit thoroughly impressed with the Wildcats.
"He said he liked it a lot up there," Wayne Stephens said. "He really enjoyed it. He said he liked how everybody treated him and the way the coaches worked with him. I think he had a chance to meet a lot of their players and the other recruits. One of them, Denzel Ware, he already knew pretty good. They had gotten to know each other during a visit they took to a Clemson game last year. They've stayed in touch ever since then, and Denzel is a Kentucky commitment, so he's had a bunch of good things to say about them.
"He also got to meet their quarterback coming in next year, Drew Barker, and catch some balls from him. He really liked the way he threw the ball. He said he's going to be a good one."
D.J. Eliot has been recruiting Moral since his time at Florida State, according to Wayne Stephens. "That's a good relationahip," he said. "He feels really good about D.J. He wanted to meet some of their other coaches, and it sounded like he enjoyed being around them, too."
Stephens, who measured in at 6-foot-3 1/2 and 212 pounds during some recent camp visits, is an intriguing prospect. He has the frame to make some college scouts believe he could excel as a tight end at the next level, but the speed and ball skills of a top receiver. As a junior, he caught approximately 70 passes for 700 yards and eight touchdowns despite being slowed early in the season by an ankle injury.
"Some coaches say receiver, some say tight end," the elder Stephens said. "It depends on who you ask. A lot are starting to say 'hybrid,' which I guess means he could do a little of both. Kentucky says they like him as a slot receiver, someone who can give people a lot of matchup problems. He's too big for a lot of corners and safeties, but too fast for linebackers."
In addition to UK, Stephens has drawn offers from programs like South Carolina, Clemson, LSU, Florida State, Miami, Louisville, Penn State, Ohio State and Arkansas.
Florida has been another top program tracking his progress. Wayne Stephens says the UF staff wanted his son to attend its Friday Night Lights Camp this weekend, but since the Gators have yet to offer (and have projected him more as a hybrid tight end) he plans to make a trip to South Carolina instead.
Asked if his son has a favorite right now, Wayne Stephens said: "That's something he's got to decide. At the end of the day, he's got to find out where he's most comfortable and what the best is. I told him he should go where he feels the most wanted and the most needed."
The elder Stephens said his son is open to all the schools on his list and won't be basing a decision on old rooting interests or geography.
"Some kids grow up a a fan of a team, but he's never really grown up following just one team," he said. "And as far as being close to home, he could end up doing that, but he also feels like that might end up being a distraction, so I could see him going away, too."
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