PJPII End solid to the Gators?

Back about a month ago, Dwight Stephenson Jr made his college decision. He was going to be a Florida Gator. Now that a month has gone by, things may have softened up just a bit. Talking to Stephenson last night, it's clear he's thinking about some other options, including one that has him coming up to Seattle.

"All along, I wanted to go to a Florida school and Florida is the best one," Stephenson told Jamie Newberg of TheInsiders.com back in the first week of September. "They are going to help me become a great player. I love the new staff and the campus is beautiful." Are things the same now for the 6-3, 220-pound DE/FB from Boca Raton (Florida) Pope John Paul II? "It's not like it's written in stone or anything, but it's pretty solid right now," he told Dawgman.com last night. "I want to take all five of my visits. I'll know when I'm taking them in the next few weeks."

Stephenson is well aware of the mini-pipeline that exists between PJPII and the University of Washington. "Actually, Washington is one of my top choices," Dwight said. "There's definitely a pipeline from here to there, even though it's about as far away as you can get. Rich Alexis and ET (Charles Frederick) are a couple of my closest friends. They are in my top-3 for schools."

Tennessee, Washington and Florida State appear to be the schools Stephenson plans on taking trips to, as well as Florida. Dwight couldn't remember the name of the Washington coach recruiting him, but if history is any indication it's probably secondary coach Bobby Hauck. "He told me that John Anderson was talkin' about me, so he gave me a call," Stephenson said. "We've talked probably 4 times since the spring. He calls to make sure he touches base with me, lets me know that they are interested in me."

While all of his other favorites have offered, Washington hasn't. There was a reason for that originally, according to Dwight. "Well, he told me that they found out about the Florida commit, so they didn't want to waste an offer if I wasn't serious," he said. Stephenson expects to get offered the next time he talks with Washington.

Dwight also mentioned a couple of other Eagles that's doing damage this year. "Steven Asbeck. He's an awesome offensive lineman," Stephenson said. "He's got good size and quick feet. I think going up against me every day in practice has helped him a lot. And Damian Sims is a great running back, but he hurt his ankle during a walk-through and it really messed him up."

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