Stephens chomping at the bit

He's as unassuming as a top-tier football recruit could be, but on the field, he's a record-breaking monster. Aggie Websider's Dallas Shipp visited with Bradley Stephens about his move to A&M and what he's doing to get ready for the step up in competition.

He's still got another week left of high school, but future Texas A&M running back Bradley Stephens is chomping at the bit to get to Aggieland.

The 5-foot-10, 200 pound running back out of McAllen (Memorial), Texas

"When I went to A&M it just felt right," Stephens said. "I always wanted to go to a college town and I love College Station. I didn't want to go to school in the middle of a city. I'm from Chicago so I'm happy to get out of Chicago and the traffic and stuff. I love the school and they have a great team. I love the coaches and the academics are great. It was an all around good package for me."

Stephens, who spent much of the spring working out and running track is now spending time with a couple of people who have been through College Station themselves.

"I'm working out with Jamaar and Earvin Taylor," he said. "I've learned a lot from (Jamaar) as far as running and lifting, and he's really getting me ready for next year since he's been through it both at A&M and the professional level."

Stephens has not tested recently, but said he feels like he's gotten faster than his posted 4.5 time and feels much stronger too.

That speed and strength will be an added tool for the Aggies this year, who already boast one of the most talented running back groups in the country. That talent didn't scare off Stephens though, who looks forward to working with, and learning from, the A&M veterans.

"I'm real excited about work with (the A&M running backs)," Stephens said. "I get to learn from good running backs ahead of me and that's good to have. There's a lot of good guys on the team and that's one of the things I liked about A&M. You can learn a lot from them."

That's saying a lot for Stephens, who is the No. 2 career rusher in Texas 5A football history behind Cedric Benson with 7,803 career rushing yards on 773 carries (10.1 ypc) and 98 rushing touchdowns. Stephens, who is an incredible weapon in the passing attack, also hauled in 70 receptions for 1,196 yards and recorded 14 career receiving touchdowns. His 672 points scored is also second in the all-time 5A scoring record books.

But Stephens knows that he may not post those kind of numbers right away at A&M.

"A lot of people have been asking me how many touchdowns I'm going to score, but I just want to take it step by step," Stephens said. "I want to do well in practice and hopefully get some playing time. From there we'll just see what happens. My goal is to perform to my full capability in practice the whole season and hopefully that will be enough to have a good year."

When asked what he was looking forward to most about going to A&M, you could tell he couldn't keep from smiling, even over the phone.

"It's kind of a rush because I'm a huge college football fan and it's kind of weird to think that I'm going to be playing in all these college football games," he said. "Playing on Kyle Field is going to be a blast. I had always heard how crazy Kyle Field was, but (my first visit to) Kyle Field blew me away. It was unbelievable how loud the people got there. It's a totally different atmosphere at Kyle Field than any other stadium."

Stephens' plans on majoring in business, but doesn't know which track he will pursue.

"That's what I'm leaning towards but you know people always say you change it," he said, "but my heart's really set on business."

Stephens will report to A&M on June 23 and begin summer school classes on July 3, when he'll also start working out with the team.

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