Stephenson Trio Tripping to USF this weekend

Stephenson High School in Stone M, GA is a team loaded with division I talent, with seven holding USF offers. This weekend three of them will make a trip to Tampa for the USF spring game and check out what the Bulls have to offer.

The USF coaching staff has been recruiting the state of Georgia hard the last few years, and one school they've been successful at is Stephenson, a football Mecca that churns out talent of talent. The Bulls recently signed Stephenson RB Willie Davis as part of the 2011 class, and they've offered seven players from Stephenson this year and this weekend three of them will make a trip to Tampa for the USF spring game and check out what the Bulls have to offer.

One of those players is Raphael Kirby, a 6-foot-2, 220 pound linebacker that got his second offer from the Bulls, but has seen his recruitment take off as he's now has over 20 from some of the top programs in the southeast.

"I'm going to USF tomorrow to check out their spring game, said Kirby. "I'm real excited and I'm actually in the car and on my way right now."

Kirby is making the trip with teammate linebacker Darreon Herring, a 6'3, 200 pound linebacker, and 6'0, 200 pound wide receiver Kyle Fleetwood, who was just offered by USF.

"Both Darreon and Kyle are equally excited to check them out as me," said Kirby. "The USF coaches are really excited to get us on campus."

Herring is a 6'3, 205 pound linebacker that has offers from West Virginia, Kentucky, Vanderbilt, South Florida, Syracuse, Duke, Memphis, Southern Mississippi and East Carolina with interest from Florida State, Georgia Tech, Clemson, and Indiana.

"It feels great to be heading down there and I'm excited to check it out," said Herring. "I look forward to meeting the coaching staff, learn about the environment, and see the sports facilities."

Kyle Fleetwood is a 6'0, 200 pound wide receiver who claims offers from USF, South Carolina, Mississippi, Louisville, Indiana, Cincinnati, Vanderbilt, and Southern Mississippi.

"I was excited to get the offer," said Fleetwood. "I'm interested and looking forward to checking them out tomorrow."

The trio will be able to get a in depth look at USF, see the campus facilities and the surrounding area as they'll be getting in early and staying for awhile.

"We'll be down there until Tuesday and be able to see everything USF has to offer," said Kirby. "We're making a vacation out of the trip and may go to Orlando to hang out for a bit."

The Bulls offered him early, but the stand-out linebacker has never seen USF up close and is eager to learn as much as he can

"I'm very excited to make the trip. I heard it was a nice campus and I just can't wait to get down there and see it for myself," said Kirby. "I want to learn more about the academic portion of the school. And I look forward to meeting the coaching staff."

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