Michigan Pursuing a Senior Texas Quarterback

While The University of Michigan has one commitment at the quarterback position in the recruiting class of 2006, the departure of Matt Gutierrez has assuredly created the need for another. With David Cone of Georgia set to be in Ann Arbor this fall, will Scot Loeffler and Co. take another Southern hurler? This week will tell. One possibility - a Texas gunslinger who originally hails from Ohio.

Nick Stephens Profile

There will be two quarterbacks on scholarship when Michigan opens spring practice in March - junior Chad Henne and redshirt freshman Jason Forcier. The transfer of Matt Gutierrez has created a gaping hole that apparently won't be filled with just one player in the recruiting class of 2006. With all of the top Wolverine targets in this class going elsewhere, quarterbacks coach Scot Loeffler has had to broaden his reach in looking for another signal caller to join David Cone of Statesboro, Ga., High School in Ann Arbor this fall. That player just may be Nick Stephens of Flower Mound High School in Lewisville, Texas.

GoBlueWolverine.com spoke on Sunday with the four-star Stephens. He said he had committed to Ole Miss in the summer, but the Rebels have replaced their offensive coordinator and Stephens has now re-opened his recruitment. "I'm a little disappointed in them because they haven't really kept in touch with me," Stephens said. "Michigan contacted me a couple weeks ago and Coach Loeffler is coming down on Tuesday. If that goes well I'll talk to Coach (Lloyd) Carr about an offer and set up an official visit for Thursday. I'll make my decision again shortly after I get back, if that happens."

The 6-foot-3, 208-pound Stephens said he is originally from Columbus, Ohio and grew up a Buckeye fan. "I wouldn't have any problems going to Michigan because of that," he said. "But I spent most of my life in Ohio and I didn't like the weather. I really like the weather in the South a lot, so I'll have to think about that."

One thing that is attractive to the No. 11 rated quarterback in the country, and No. 16 prospect in the Southwest, according to Scout.com is the depth situation at Michigan. "That's actually the biggest thing that has me interested in Michigan," he said. "Chad Henne will be a junior next year and I'll redshirt. If he leaves early for the pros there's a good chance I could start as a red-shirt freshman."

Stephens was on an official visit to Tennessee this weekend, and said the visit went well. "They got something like five commitments while I was there," he said. "I enjoyed it and liked the coaches and players."

He said Ohio State invited him to attend their one-day junior camp in order to be evaluated, but he declined to make the trip and has no interest in OSU. "My top three are Ole Miss, Tennessee, and Michigan," he said.

As a senior Stephens led Flowers Mound to a 7-3 record and threw for over 2,700-yards with 24 touchdowns. He had to sit out his junior season after transferring to Flowers Mound.

To view Stephens' highlight film, click HERE and then click on "Media Center."



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