18 in 18: ATH Delon Stephenson

ScarletReport.com's 18 in 18 series continues strong through Memorial Day weekend and today features Sayreville War Memorial (Parlin, N.J.) star Delon Stephenson. The MVP of the Bombers' state championship victory, Stephenson will join brother Daryl Stephenson and former teammate David Milewski when he makes it to Rutgers.

In the final month before his planned enrollment at Rutgers, the top question on the mind of Sayreville War Memorial (Parlin, N.J.) athlete Delon Stephenson centers around his college position.

Stephenson was recruited as a defensive back, then told running back by coach Greg Schiano after his verbal commitment last summer. When Schiano left, Stephenson stuck with Rutgers, but no longer knew his position after Kyle Flood was hired.

Three months later, Stephenson still is not sure.

"I think it will be running back, but they haven't really said," Stephenson said. "I haven't talked too much with Coach Flood. He said cornerback to some people, so I don't know."

Special teams has been a focus of Stephenson since his commitment and he expects to make an early impact at whatever position he plays.

"I want to play offense, but it doesn't really matter," he said. "Just an opportunity is what I want. ... I need to try to find a way to work my way up. Special teams is the best way to play early."

His older brother, Daryl Stephenson, and former teammate David Milewski, each saw early playing time at Rutgers and are helping him prepare for the Scarlet Knights.

"I'm with them all the time now," Stephenson said. "Especially if I play cornerback, all three of us on defense together would be fun."

Their advice has been helpful so far with Stephenson standing 33 days from the start of a new summer session at Rutgers.

"I'm doing conditioning and track right now," he said. "I need to stay in shape. Daryl told me conditioning is the hardest part once you get to Rutgers. If you're ready for conditioning and running, then you're going to get a chance to play. I have to be ready for that."

Stephenson made his brother and friend proud in November at High Point Solutions Stadium when he carried Sayreville over Manalapan on the state title game. In the game, Stephenson totaled 187 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown to go along with two interceptions and 10 tackles on defense.

Stephenson is one of two hyperlocal prospects making the transition to a familiar program, joining South Brunswick (Monmouth Junction, N.J.) cornerback Jevon Tyree.

"It should be fun," Stephenson said. "Jevon's a really good player. I was excited when I hear he was coming to Rutgers. I'm going to have fun with all of them."

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