Spotlight 2014: DL/TE Austin Stevens

Montclair (N.J.) puts out Division I talent on a yearly basis and 2014 athlete Austin Stevens projects as one of the next names on the scene. Stevens camped at Rutgers twice this week and spoke with

The biggest question for Montclair (N.J.) 2014 prospect Austin Stevens at this point is his projected position. Stevens worked at tight end twice during Rutgers camps in the last week, but also has playing experience at linebacker and defensive end.

"I really don't know," said Stevens on his projected college position. "Right now, some like me as a defensive end. That's what Miami liked me at when I went there. Oregon wants me as an outside linebacker. Other colleges, like Connecticut want me to play tight end. To be honest, I just want to play football, but if it was up to me, I'd probably play end. That's my spot."

Stevens spent his sophomore year at Montclair helping the team put up an undefeated regular season. He both played behind and started alongside defensive end Julian Pinnix-Odrick, who enrolled last week for his freshman season at Rutgers.

Stevens credits Pinnix-Odrick with his development to an impact player as a sophomore.

"He's one of my best buds and taught me a lot," Stevens said. "Guys like that opened doors for me."

Stevens recently watched 2013 teammate Sam Zeff verbally commit to Massachusetts. He saw more than five go to Division I schools from last year's senior class, highlighted by Pinnix-Odrick and Aubrey Lewis to Rutgers and Khalif Herbin to Temple.

Stevens has yet to receive a verbal offer, but said he has seen the value of patience in watching others' recruitments.

"It's not something I'm too worried about," Stevens said. "Down the road, I'll definitely have some. Part of the battle is waiting. One of my best buds, Julian, waited forever for that first offer and then it blew up for him."

Stevens camped twice as a tight end at Rutgers this week, including an impressive performance as a one-day camper. Stevens was one of the best overall performers at his position group and said he feels comfortable at Rutgers.

"It's fun and I think I perform to the best of my ability when people are watching. Rutgers has a nice campus and some amazing facilities," Stevens said. "Rutgers is a very welcoming environment. I took a tour with Julian one time. I like the coaches, coach Flood is outstanding. Julian is one of my best friends and Aubrey is another friend of mine. I hope they offer."

Stevens said he is being recruited hardest by Rutgers, Connecticut and Massachusetts, but is receiving interest from more than a dozen schools as he awaits the Sept. 1 contact period for 2014 prospects.

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