2014 TE/DE Stevens Gaining Steam

Fresh off a North 1 Group 5 state championship with Montclair (N.J.), multi-tool 2014 prospect Austin Stevens is focused on recruiting. The defensive end and tight end recently visited Rutgers and is ready to start his recruiting journey with his season complete.

A 6-foot-4, 220-pound tight end and defensive end, Montclair (N.J.) prospect Austin Stevens is going to be busy now that his junior season is complete.

Stevens has already made one stop, to Rutgers, in the offseason and plans to take multiple winter visits.

At Rutgers for the recent underclassman visitor day, Stevens enjoyed time spent with the coaches.

"The coaching staff was great," Stevens said. "The facilities, I've seen them before, but they're incredible. It was really great just to walk around. I definitely enjoyed everything. The coaches take care of you, the players are great and I like the bonding."

Stevens is a former teammate and close friend of Rutgers freshman defensive end Julian Pinnix-Odrick. Pinnix-Odrick redshirted with Rutgers this season and projects as a member of the two-deep for spring practices.

"It was different," Stevens said. "I'm used to seeing Julian next to me. But I really got to see how much Julian progressed to really being a beast out there. He's a kid that's showed me a lot of things that I have to improve on from the college level. He's passing that down and it's really helped me as a player as well. I'm happy for Julian. He's doing great."

The move to the Big Ten was the focus for Rutgers when hosting Stevens and other 2014 prospects.

"I talked to Julian about it and he said they all see it as a big step forward," Stevens said. "It's a big step going from good teams in a good conference to just outstanding teams. I think they can hold their own. I personally love the decision. I can speak for a lot of players in New Jersey that it's nice to know Rutgers is going to the Big Ten."

Stevens plans to visit Penn State and will camp, at least, at Rutgers, Maryland and Michigan State.

Stevens camped as a tight end at Rutgers this year.

"Penn State has been all over me since September. I talk to their coaches and stuff like that," he said. "They're really good. I'm probably going to take an unofficial visit to them relatively soon."

Stevens does not have any offers, but also named Nebraska, Miami and Florida State as schools showing interest.

"I'm being patient," he said. "Once the bowl games are over, colleges are going to get a chance to see my junior film. [Montclair coach John Fiori] is great at what he does and I believe the offers will start coming in.

"I know I'll be seeing a lot of them once the season is over. [Rutgers assistant Joe Rossi] was coming in as much as he could last year to see the team. It's just like any other college and I have to keep working to earn [an offer]."

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