Larry Stephens: His Coach's Take

GoPokes.com interviewed the high school coach for each of the Oklahoma State commitments in the days leading up to National Signing Day. In this installment of "His Coach's Take," we visit with North Shore High School head coach David Aymond about Larry Stephens, a 5-10, 180-pound defensive back from Galena Park, Texas.

What are his strengths as a football player?
David Aymond: He's a great cover corner. It seems like the ball finds him. He's got great ball skills, and he's physical.

What do you believe will be his biggest challenge in going from high school to playing in the Big 12?
David Aymond: I think it's going to be lining up on receivers that can fly. He's faced a lot of spread sets and he's faced a lot of great talent here in the greater Houston area but the guys he'll be facing in the Big 12 are the best of the best.

Was there one game, or maybe even one play, during his career that you'll always remember?
David Aymond: Well, I think it would be his junior year against a spread team from Lufkin, which is where Dez Bryant is from. As I recall, Larry had two picks in that game and made some critical tackles.

What are three words that describe him as a football player?
David Aymond: Physical and ball skills. But the thing you love about him is his character, though. He's a hard worker, and comes ready to work every day. He's never late, he doesn't complain, and he loves to play football.

Why do you think he chose Oklahoma State?
David Aymond: I think because we've already had kids there. He knows Andrae May, who is there now. I think Oklahoma State has a great rapport with our program based solely on kids who have been there from North Shore.

What type of impact to you expect him to have on the OSU football program?
David Aymond: It depends on their depth at corner. You can always use guys who can play in the secondary, so I think he's going to see playing time in a hurry.

Over the course of his college career, whether it be four or five years, what do you expect him to accomplish?
David Aymond: It's hard to say because I don't know what they're going to run. I think they're going to run a lot of man (coverage) in the secondary, and he's used to doing that. So I think he's got a chance to play in a hurry. A guy that cut his teeth on man coverage can play zone, especially a physical tackler like Larry is.

What will you remember the most about coaching him?
David Aymond: I think his honesty and his character more than anything else. We have our share of athletes here but he has impeccable character. He's just a tremendous person.

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