As a junior, Hillside wide receiver Daeshawn Stephens tallied 75 catches for 968 yards and seven touchdowns. He was a huge part of the Hornet offense and someone head coach Antonio King has come to rely on when a big play is needed. King told Pack Pride that Stephens has been a rock solid player on the field and an example others can follow off the gridiron.
"He's a four year guy." King told Pack Pride. "He exemplifies what we want in our program. He has good grades, never misses a workout. He's gotten better over his four years, always working hard and he just exemplifies every thing we want in a kid."
While a standout on the high school level, King said there are still things Stephens will need to work on as he transitions to college.
"Some of the things he needs to work on would probably be burst speed. He's long so he builds up his speed but he's a good route runner with great hands but there are little things he needs to work on before college. He needs to learn a little more about getting open but we're in the process of doing that now. His upside is amazing."
At 6-2, 190 pounds, Stephens already has great size which makes him a matchup problem for smaller defensive backs. Because of that, he'll focus on offense but could see a little time on defense in certain situations.
"He'll be at wide receiver for us this year but we'll put him back there (on defense) if someone's trying to throw the ball deep on us because he can track the ball so well."