Interest rising for Bluegrass running back

Bath County's Wayne Stevens finished among the top two rushers in the state the past two seasons

One of the Bluegrass State's top running back's is on the move. After finishing his sophomore and junior season's at Rowan County High School among the top two rushers in the state, the move to a new home has made Wayne Stevens a member of the nearby Bath County High School program.

"It's going pretty good so far," Stevens said of the transition to a new school and team. "I actually think that my work ethic is a little better then it was before I came here."

Stevens, who rushed for over 5,100 yards and 60 touchdowns during his three years at the 3A Rowan County, uses each free minute to prepare for his final year of prep football.

"I try to lift three to four days a week," he said. "I also run two or three days a week, plus I play a lot of basketball."

"He has an absolutely great work ethic," said Bath County head coach Reed Fields. "He's a great running back and can catch the ball out of the backfield as well."

As a junior Stevens finished second in the state with 1,698 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns in just nine games. As a sophomore he led the state with 2,025 rushing yards.

"I've been fortunate enough to have a good line blocking for me, plus I have pretty good vision," said Stevens, who has averaged more than 10 yards per carry during his high school career.

While the move to a new school may have Stevens currently under the radar, an upcoming schedule of camps and combines will help the 5-foot-10, 190-pounder attract the attention of college coaches.

"I know I'm going to a team camp at Georgetown College and at Kentucky," he said. "I'm also going to Louisville's senior day camp."

A number of smaller in-state schools, such as Georgetown and Northern Kentucky, have expressed early interest in Stevens, as has Cincinnati, Louisville and others.

"Right now I hear from Louisville the most," said Stevens, who added that U of L assistant Greg Nord is the only college coach that he has spoken with at this point.

Stevens will attend the All-American combine at the University of Louisville on May 20.

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