Plano running back takes in junior day

Hatts caught up with Plano (Tex.) running back Brandon Stephens to get his thoughts on SMU junior day!

2016 Plano HS (Tex.) running back Brandon Stephens made the quick trip up the road to SMU for their junior day a couple weeks ago and came away impressed with the staff and the facilities.

“Junior day at SMU was pretty good, I got to meet coach Morris and the rest of their coaching staff and got to tour the facilities but overall the visit there was pretty good,” Stephens said.

The 6-1, 200-pound running back was impressed with how personable the coaching staff was with all their guests but more importantly the collective age of the entire staff.

“The coaching staff there was awesome, they have a pretty young coaching staff there and that’s what I like but it was just easy to talk to them,” Stephens said.

The coaching staff and Stephens share a very good relationship, as the highly touted running back talks to the coaching staff at least a couple times per week.

“I talk to coach Morris and the running backs coach (Claude Mathis) pretty often and coach Loepp and I talk to them maybe two or three times per week so I talk to them pretty often as well,” Stephens said.

Aside from his relationship with the new staff, the Plano running back was also extremely impressed with the facilities that SMU had and were planning to build.

“The facilities were awesome, we went to the weight room and the locker room, and they were pretty good, they had technology that I had never heard of so they plan to use that if not already but I was really impressed with the facilities,” Stephens said.

The 3-star running back just got back from a visit with Texas but does not have any visits planned in the immediate future although he might be making a trip up to SMU for one of their spring practices.

“Hopefully I’ll make one of those spring practices, I don’t know which one but I’m hoping I can make one of them,” Stephens said.

Right now Texas, Iowa, Ohio State, Wisconsin, Illinois, Kansas, Stanford, Tulsa and Washington have offered Stephens along with the Mustangs.

The focus for Stephens heading forward is to develop relationships with all the coaches and then let the process play out.

“Right now I don’t have any top lists right now but I’m just trying to build relationships with different coaches and see where it heads from there based on the relationships,” Stephens said.

As Stephens enters his senior season, he is well aware that he has things to work on but also believes he has a skill that very few backs around the country possess.

“I can do different things on the field, play different positions,” Stephens said, “As a running back I think my vision is the key attribute of my game because most running backs don’t have the vision that I have but I can go through you and I can go around you, I guess I’ll say I can do it all.”


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