19 in 19: DL Daryl Stephenson

With the "19 in 19" series winding down and the next wave of enrollment beginning at the start of the week, ScarletReport.com takes a look at Daryl Stephenson. Stephenson, who committed in mid-June of last year, is the second Sayreville High School (Parlin, N.J.) product in as many years.

When defensive lineman Daryl Stephenson signed his National Letter of Intent to attend Rutgers, he made it his goal to physically transform before reporting for training camp.

The big lineman from Sayreville High School (Parlin, N.J.) said he was close to 300 pounds on National Signing Day, but wants to be a different kind of 300 pounds when he arrives for school this June.

"I want to lose the baby fat then put it back on as solid muscle," Stephenson said. "I have to be in good shape if I want to play."

Stephenson began his journey at 295 pounds and said last week that he was down to 280. In the gym every day, he expects to lose the final few pounds soon and be well on the way to gaining it back for the second summer session.

"It's a tough process, but I'm working my hardest," Stephenson said. "It's my best chance to play. I have to do it right. ... I'm getting ready. I'm working out in the gym every day."

Until Stephenson officially arrives on the Banks, he is focused on finishing school strong.

With his younger brother Delon Stephenson offered by Rutgers, Daryl Stephenson has plenty of recruiting plans as well.

"I just tell him you can play with me and [former Sayrveille linebacker David Milewski] again," Stephenson said.

Stephenson himself, said he is also pumped to rejoin Milewksi.

"It would be great because he's a great player," Stephenson said. "I miss being on the field with him."

The elder Stephenson said he sometimes fantasizes about a day where he, his younger brother and Milewski start on the first-team Rutgers defense.

"If it happens, I can't wait for it," he said.

Stephenson said he is close with fellow incoming freshmen Keith Lumpkin and Max Issaka. He also speaks often with assistant coach Robb Smith, who recruits in the area.

"Coach Smith just tells me keep working hard," Stephenson said. "The most important thing is to come in good condition.

Stephenson is unclear if he will begin his Rutgers career as a defensive end or tackle. He has no personal preference.

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