Stephenson's offer list is growing

LSU has been a popular destination for two-sport athletes the last few years, and the Tigers appear to have the interest of several of those athletes again for the 2010 class, including Tyler Stephenson from Lancaster, Texas.

At 6-foot 160 pounds, Tyler Stephenson stars on the defensive side of the ball as a cornerback for Lancaster High School. Last season he racked up 55 tackles, two interceptions, two fumble recoveries, and 14 pass breakups as one of only two underclassmen to start for the Tigers.


But as good as Stephenson has proved to be on the football field, he’s even better on a track as he is one of the top hurdlers in the nation.

 

Stephenson currently boasts a best in the 110 meters of 13.80 – the 4th fastest time in the country this year. He also boasts a time of 37.88 seconds in the 300 hurdles, as well as a 48.3-second split on the leadoff leg of his 4x400 relay team.

 

Stephenson’s track schedule has kept him from making any college visits this spring, and now unfortunately it will cause him to miss all of spring football.

 

“I haven’t gone on any visits yet because of track,” he said. “And I’m not going to be able to go through spring practice either because the Swine Flu pushed everything back. Now the state track meet is in the middle of spring practice.”

 

Stephenson says his focus will be shifting back to football whenever track season is over.

 

“I’m going to train for junior nationals a little bit over the summer, but not too long because I want to get back to football,” he said. “I need to work on coming out of my breaks better so I can make plays on the ball, and also being able to control guys coming off the line.”

 

Stephenson said he is going to camp at Tennessee, while Baylor, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M and LSU could also be in his plans.

 

The nation’s 30th ranked cornerback currently claims 18 offers from the likes of Houston, Baylor, North Carolina, Arizona, Arizona State, Tulsa, Nebraska, Colorado State, Oklahoma State, Minnesota, Oregon, Texas Tech, Tennessee, Kansas, Louisville, TCU and Vanderbilt.

 

“Right now I’m going through all the schools with my mom and coaches and finding the ones that would be best for me,” said Stephenson, who claims no favorites at this point in time. “I’ll probably start cutting it down after some visits over the summer.

 

“I’ve spoken to coaches from pretty much all the schools that have offered me through either phone or email, so I have a good idea on where I stand with each of them. I’ve also had coaches from Arizona, LSU, and Baylor come visit the school to see me.”

 

The visit from LSU was by wide receivers coach D.J. McCarthy last week, and he brought some good news to the three-star prospect.

 

“Coach McCarthy came down last week and told my coaches they were going to offer me after he saw me in person,” Stephenson said. “He said I had an offer, but they wanted me to go visit there before I committed or anything. He talked to my coach about coming to work one of the camps, so that would be easy for me to go down there with him.”

 

“I was real surprised by the offer,” he continued. “I wasn’t really expecting it, and LSU was one of the schools I had been waiting on all along. So I feel really good about it.”

 

Though Stephenson was not able to speak with McCarthy during the visit about his offer status, he got the opportunity a few days later on the phone.

 

“I talked to him on the phone a few days ago,” Stephenson said. “He asked me how my mom felt about me getting an offer from LSU, and we talked about the depth chart and people they have coming in.

 

“He said Patrick Peterson might be the best cornerback in college football now, and my coaches have told me that before too. By the time I got there everyone would be juniors and seniors, but I know if I work hard enough I’ll be given a chance to play.”

 

While Stephenson maintains he doesn’t have a leader, he admits LSU is near the top of his list for numerous reasons.

 

“LSU has a great football program with a good history,” he said. “I want to go somewhere I can play for and win national championships, and obviously I could there. The defense flies around to the ball and knows how to hit. They always play real aggressive.”

 

“The track team is also outstanding,” Stephenson continued. “One of my coaches talked to the LSU track coaches at the Texas Relays a few weeks ago, so I know they know about me. Coach McCarthy said it wouldn’t be a problem for me to do track too because they have a couple guys on the team that do both. All of that together puts LSU up close to the top for me.”

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But as good as Stephenson has proved to be on the football field, he’s even better on a track as he is one of the top hurdlers in the nation.

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Stephenson currently boasts a best in the 110 meters of 13.80 – the 4th fastest time in the country this year. He also boasts a time of 37.88 seconds in the 300 hurdles, as well as a 48.3-second split on the leadoff leg of his 4x400 relay team.

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Stephenson’s track schedule has kept him from making any college visits this spring, and now unfortunately it will cause him to miss all of spring football.

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“I haven’t gone on any visits yet because of track,” he said. “And I’m not going to be able to go through spring practice either because the Swine Flu pushed everything back. Now the state track meet is in the middle of spring practice.”

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Stephenson says his focus will be shifting back to football whenever track season is over.

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“I’m going to train for junior nationals a little bit over the summer, but not too long because I want to get back to football,” he said. “I need to work on coming out of my breaks better so I can make plays on the ball, and also being able to control guys coming off the line.”

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Stephenson said he is going to camp at Tennessee, while Baylor, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M and LSU could also be in his plans.

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The nation’s 30th ranked cornerback currently claims 18 offers from the likes of Houston, Baylor, North Carolina, Arizona, Arizona State, Tulsa, Nebraska, Colorado State, Oklahoma State, Minnesota, Oregon, Texas Tech, Tennessee, Kansas, Louisville, TCU and Vanderbilt.

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“Right now I’m going through all the schools with my mom and coaches and finding the ones that would be best for me,” said Stephenson, who claims no favorites at this point in time. “I’ll probably start cutting it down after some visits over the summer.

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“I’ve spoken to coaches from pretty much all the schools that have offered me through either phone or email, so I have a good idea on where I stand with each of them. I’ve also had coaches from Arizona, LSU, and Baylor come visit the school to see me.”

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The visit from LSU was by wide receivers coach D.J. McCarthy last week, and he brought some good news to the three-star prospect.

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“Coach McCarthy came down last week and told my coaches they were going to offer me after he saw me in person,” Stephenson said. “He said I had an offer, but they wanted me to go visit there before I committed or anything. He talked to my coach about coming to work one of the camps, so that would be easy for me to go down there with him.”

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“I was real surprised by the offer,” he continued. “I wasn’t really expecting it, and LSU was one of the schools I had been waiting on all along. So I feel really good about it.”

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Though Stephenson was not able to speak with McCarthy during the visit about his offer status, he got the opportunity a few days later on the phone.

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“I talked to him on the phone a few days ago,” Stephenson said. “He asked me how my mom felt about me getting an offer from LSU, and we talked about the depth chart and people they have coming in.

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“He said Patrick Peterson might be the best cornerback in college football now, and my coaches have told me that before too. By the time I got there everyone would be juniors and seniors, but I know if I work hard enough I’ll be given a chance to play.”

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While Stephenson maintains he doesn’t have a leader, he admits LSU is near the top of his list for numerous reasons.

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“LSU has a great football program with a good history,” he said. “I want to go somewhere I can play for and win national championships, and obviously I could there. The defense flies around to the ball and knows how to hit. They always play real aggressive.”

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“The track team is also outstanding,” Stephenson continued. “One of my coaches talked to the LSU track coaches at the Texas Relays a few weeks ago, so I know they know about me. Coach McCarthy said it wouldn’t be a problem for me to do track too because they have a couple guys on the team that do both. All of that together puts LSU up close to the top for me.”

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