Defensive Tackle Plans Commitment to Rutgers

After a Saturday visit to Rutgers was his latest trip, this defensive tackle said he plans to make his commitment next month. He already favored the Scarlet Knights heavily, and now went even further by expressing the likelihood of him attending the school. "I think I'm going to Rutgers,'' he said. "There's like five percent chance I'm not.''

Daryl Stephenson wants his 18th birthday to be memorable, so he plans on committing to college May 11.

And the school the Sayreville High (Parlin, N.J.) defensive tackle plans on selecting?

Well, let's just say Rutgers is going to be the choice unless something drastically and unexpectedly changes in the next few weeks.

"I think I'm going to Rutgers,'' Stephenson said. "There's like five percent chance I'm not.''

Stephenson's made the declaration Saturday evening, a few hours after returning from his latest trip to Rutgers watch the Scarlet Knights scrimmage inside Rutgers Stadium.

It was Stephenson's fourth visit to see the Scarlet Knights practice this spring, and he anticipates attending at least one more, possibly Saturday's spring game.

The 6-foot-3, 265-pound Stephenson's only offer is from Rutgers, and schools apparently are shying away from him because it is already widely believed he is Rutgers-bound.

Boston College, Maryland, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and West Virginia previously expressed interest in Stephenson. He thought about committing already, but so far is electing to wait until his birthday to pledge.

"It would make it feel special, something I would remember the rest of my life,'' said Stephenson, who said he already feels part of the Rutgers program. "They treat me real well, with respect and everything.''

Stephenson spends a lot of time speaking with defensive line coach Randy Melvin.

"He's a really nice guy,'' Stephenson said. "(The talk) is more life lessons.''

Stephenson said he is unsure whether there will be a commitment ceremony at Sayreville High on May 11.

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