After mulling over whether to commit to the Scarlet Knights on several occasions the last few months, the Sayreville High (Parlin, N.J.) defensive tackle followed through and made a non-binding oral commitment Saturday to coach Greg Schiano, according to Stephenson's mom.
It is the seventh commitment for Rutgers' 2011 class, and second in as many days. Downingtown East High (Exton, Pa.) tight end Tyler Kroft committed to the Scarlet Knights on Friday.
The 6-foot-3, 270-pound Stephenson's commitment means Rutgers could be done recruiting defensive tackles in the upcoming class. The Scarlet Knights secured a commitment from Christopher Columbus High (Bronx, N.Y.) defensive tackle Al Page in April.
As a junior, Stephenson recorded 41 tackles and made 4½ sacks. He also intercepted two passes.
Several times Stephenson was poised to commit to Rutgers, but backed away because he wanted to take more time and see if he could get more offers. However, each time he postponed his decision, he continued to say Rutgers was his top choice and he still felt he would wind p playing for the Scarlet Knights.
He is the second Sayreville High player in two years to commit to Rutgers. Middle linebacker David Milewski committed in the fall and will enroll at Rutgers next weekend.
ScarletReport.com will have more shortly on this developing story.