Stephens Running Wild

The state of Texas is no stranger to talented tailbacks. From Earl Campbell and Eric Dickerson to Cedric Benson, the Lone Star State has seen many great running backs play high school football within its state borders. Bradley Stephens is a young tailback that will draw many comparisons over the course of the next two seasons to many Texas greats of the past.

Located in southern Texas, not far from the Gulf of Mexico, McAllen, Texas is not the place one would usually find a top-notch tailback. Then again, it is Texas. Football is a part of every Texas community.

Bradley Stephens may only be 5-10 ½, 185-pounds, but the Memorial High School tailback is one of the best players in Texas as a mere junior. Why? Take his last game into consideration.

"In my last game I carried the ball seven times for 230 yards and five touchdowns," Stephens said. "I was only tackled one time, and the other time I was pushed out of bounds."

"I only played a quarter and half," Stephens continued. "The holes were just so big. Our offensive line was chewed out after the last game. They played really well."

Running lanes or no running lanes, five touchdowns from only seven carries is ridiculous. And unfortunately for opposing defensive coordinators, Stephens can do more than just run the football.

Stephens is certainly on pace for a 2,000 yard season based upon his first three games.

"I think I have 670 yards, around there," he said.

"My coaches will line me up at wide receiver, then they will put me back at running back. They just line me up everywhere," he added.

Stephens has already had a game with over 100 receiving yards in addition to his rushing yardage. His versatility is one of the reasons several schools are already recruited the class of 2007 product.

Texas A&M, Texas, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Michigan, Iowa State and Houston are just some of the schools recruiting Stephens already. Stephens has written offers from Texas A&M, Iowa State and Houston to date.

Stephens went to the Ohio State/Texas game earlier this month for an unofficial visit, and he has also been to Iowa State and Texas A&M for unofficial visits as well. The unofficial visits may not be over with either.

"I could take (unofficial) visits to the schools I'm interested in," Stephens admitted.

No dates for unofficial visits are set, but anytime between now and the end of next spring is a possibility for the aforementioned schools.

Stephens has a self-reported 4.0 GPA, making him even more attractive to college coaches. Top Stories