CoachSpeak: Najjar Breaks Down Stephenson

Rutgers picked up its 12th commitment for the 2012 class when Sayreville High (Parlin, N.J.) athlete Delon Stephenson gave a non-binding oral commitment to coach Greg Schiano. So, what is his best position? And why did he only have one offer? Bombers coach George Najjar provided with those answers, as well as much more.

Sayreville High (Parlin, N.J.) athlete Delon Stephenson is 5-foot-10, 175 pounds, runs a 40-yard dash in 4.48 seconds and can play receiver, running back, cornerback and safety, and is also adept at returning punts and kickoffs.

So, why was Rutgers, where he committed to Friday, his only offer?

"Michigan State, Miami, Nebraska, Alabama; they all came in to the school and really liked him, it never really materialized because they never offered him," Sayreville coach George Najjar said. "I believe they would have before the season, or during the season.

"They all came in and said the same thing; ‘Are you going to go to Rutgers and follow your brother (Daryl, a freshman at Rutgers). They would ask me and I would tell them to ask him. They would ask him and he would say, ‘I don't know.' "

Rutgers is getting a dynamic athlete who can be used in several areas. He told Rutgers he would prefer to play on the offensive side, but it is not set whether he will be a receiver or running back.

"They are getting a superb athlete with a a lot of speed, and he can play on both sides of the football," Najjar said. "He can do so many things. He's versatile. He has a multitude of tools. He got bigger and stronger in the offseason and maintained his speed. He's very dynamic."

Stephenson played running back for the Bombers, and was a threat in many ways.

He rushed 126 times for 1,049 yards and 15 touchdowns, caught 26 passes for 401 yards and eight scores, had 39 tackles and five interceptions and had four scores on returns.

"I guess from a high school standpoint … he plays running back for us and that allows us to give him the ball in many different ways," Najjar said. "We toss it to him, hand it off, run screens, draws, throw him the ball.

"He can be a slot receiver, a halfback, a defensive back, punt returner, a kick returner. He has so many different tools, so I don't know where his best is. I don't want to pin him down because he can be so many things."

Stephenson is the third Sayreville player to commit to Rutgers in the last three classes. David Milewski will be a red-shirt freshman middle linebacker and Daryl Stephenson is a freshman defensive tackle.

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