Stephenson Still Wants Texas Offer

Tyler Stephenson of Lancaster is already one of the top hurdlers in the country, but that speed and flexibility also makes him a top cover corner prospect. Despite having almost two dozens offers from literally all over the country, Stephenson still covets an offer from his home state power, the Texas Longhorns. Burnt Orange Beat spoke with Stephenson about his interest in the ‘Horns.

Scout.com's #8 rated cornerback in the country, Tyler Stephenson of Lancaster, has offers to back up that lofty four-star rating. Stephenson has offers from LSU, Tennessee, Oregon, North Carolina, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, Baylor, Minnesota, among others, but he still is very interested in the Texas Longhorns.

He was scheduled to go to Austin in late February for the second junior day with his safety teammate Quintin Hayes. Hayes has since committed to the Oklahoma Sooners.

"When it was time to go (to the second Texas junior day in February), I ended up having a family emergency, but I know Quintin (Hayes) still went. I made sure I told (the Texas coaches) what was going on so they knew I wasn't just a no-show," said Stephenson.

Since that time, Stephenson has been extremely busy with a hectic track schedule that has not allowed for many unofficial visits.

"I have not been able to get back down (for an unofficial visit to Austin) because I have been running track. I just finished last week with that," added Stephenson.

Stephenson just recently competed in track events in Puerto Rico (Caribbean Classic) and in North Carolina, after his school track season which ended with a second place finish in the 4A 300-meter hurdles (37.67) and a fourth place finish in the 100-meter hurdles (13.95). Lancaster did win the boys 4A state track championship on the heels of Stephenson and Hayes.

"In Puerto Rico, I placed first in both the 110 and 400 hurdles, and I ran on the 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams. In the relays, we came in second to the Puerto Rico national team. Then in North Carolina I placed third in the NIKE outdoor nationals," said Stephenson.

The team that traveled to Puerto Rico was an invitation-only team that had the top 14 boys and 14 girls from around the country.

Stephenson has impressed college coaches with his quick and fluid pedal, ability to turn and recover and his willingness to come up in the run force and give up his body. And now that track season is over, he is turning his attention back to football and the recruiting process.

"Whenever we talked to Coach Akina, he said whenever I wanted to come down to visit, to just call. So, Coach Fletcher and I will have to get on the phone and arrange that."

Stephenson expects that the trip to Austin will take place before the end of summer. Stephenson has currently only unofficially visited Baylor, Tulsa, and TCU.

So why take a visit to Texas?

"First of all it is in Texas and they always have a good chance to play in the national championship game, and that is something I want to do. Also, Coach Akina is a real good defensive back coach and he has coached a lot of good defensive backs. He has also coached a lot of DBs that made it to the NFL and I want to go somewhere where I can always get better and make it to the next level," beamed Stephenson.

Stephenson already has a top five which includes Oregon, Tennessee, LSU, Baylor, and Texas A&M, but it sounds like that could change if Texas were to offer.

"If (Texas) were to offer me, I would sit down and talk it over with my coaches and my family to see how they feel about it, but I most likely would (commit)," Stephenson confessed.

Stephenson says that Texas Longhorns Sherrod Harris and John Chiles are like cousins to him.

As a junior, Stephenson totaled 55 tackles, two interceptions, two fumble recoveries, and 14 pass breakups.


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