Lawrence Stevens proud of Army offer

u're looking for talent in the northeast Don Bosco Prep in Ramsey, N.J. is usually an excellent place to begin. The Ironmen have won 14 state championships including a five year run from 2006-11 that brought them two national championships. Army liked what they saw from Lawrence Stevens, a 5-foot-10, 178-pound Bosco Prep cornerback and gave him his first verbal offer

"It was just a couple of weeks ago when I was offered over the phone by Coach Orlando Mitjans," Stevens told "They offered me at DB. He said they loved my physicality. They liked that even though I'm undersized I wasn't afraid to go toe-to-toe with bigger receivers. He told me I have a smooth backpedal and a ton of speed.

"I know West Point is a great school. I'm proud of the offer. I'll be attending their summer camp on June 28th. Honestly, I had never considered the military until the coach talked with me about it. I thought it was all about battle but that's only one out of 28 classes. There's other areas to get into and that really opened my eyes to the idea.

Stevens started as a sophomore for the New Jersey powerhouse. As a junior last season he was named second team All-State and first team All-Bergen County. He said Army isn't the only school knocking at his door.

"I think a few schools like Syracuse, Temple, and UConn are very close to offering me," he said. "I'm planning on summer camps at Penn State, Ohio State, Boston College, Virginia Tech, Syracuse, Temple and Army.

"A dream offer for me would be Ohio State. I grew up a big fan of the Buckeyes. I'm going to be looking at a school I'll fit in well both academic and athletically. I want to see how the people are there and if my family feels the same way about the school as I do. I love programs with a winning tradition and a great game day atmosphere."

Don Bosco Prep fell in the semifinals of New Jersey Non-Public Group 4 to Paramus Catholic by a single point on a last second missed missed goal attempt. Stevens says he's hoping for a better result in 2014.

"Our goal this year is the same as every year- win state," Stevens said. "We're all healthy so we should be set. My goal, individually, is to be the number one ranked player in the state of New Jersey."

Stevens states he's attracted by the idea of studying either business or sports medicine when he gets to college. Top Stories