On a loaded Goose Creek squad it's tough to get noticed at times. One 2013 prospect who has emerged as a definite player to watch is defensive end/linebacker Jalen Stevens. Last year Stevens showed off his talents and he's worked hard this summer to enhance his skills and make an even bigger splash during his junior season. Scout.com caught up with Stevens recently for an update.
Stevens had a good sophomore showing with so many D1 prospects on the roster. The 6'3 216 pound prospect recalled his stats for us.
"Last year I had 6 sacks, 29 tackles, 19 assists, 2 tackles for loss, and an interception."
Right now Scout.com projects Stevens as a linebacker on the next level but he very well could grow into a defensive end on the college level with two more seasons to go.
This summer was a scorcher in the Palmetto State but Stevens says he made it a point to work hard to show college coaches that he's worth a long look this season in an effort to start landing some scholarship offers. The 2013 prospect talked about the areas of his game that he put a lot of emphasis on this off season.
"My first step is much more explosive now, I worked on it a lot. When I come off the ball it's all speed and power with technique. I also worked hard on getting stronger and on my hands to get better for pass rush."
According to Stevens his strengths currently are his "speed, tackling ability, pass rush, being physical, and knowledge of the game."
Looking back on last season Stevens said he played the game of his life in a playoff matchup with some added inspiration for one of his biggest fans.
"My best game was the 2nd round of the playoffs against the Easley Green Wave. I had 2 sacks, 7 assists, 2 tackles, it was special because my grandma was sick the whole season, and that was the game to get to the state semi-finals and I played my heart out that game to make it closer all for her and the team. She died the morning we played Northwestern in the state semifinals."
Another big game for Stevens he says was against Ashley Ridge where he won the head hunter award for the team. Stevens had 3 crack blocks off of one play during an interception.
Stevens has already set some goals for himself and Goose Creek heading into his junior season and he shared them with Scout.com.
"This year I want to average 2 sacks a game, have 40 or more tackles, 20+ tackles for a loss, 5 forced fumbles, 2 interceptions , 30 QB pressures, and 15 big hits. For the team I want to go 15-0 and win the state championship. I also want to be the number one offense and defense in the state."
Colleges will be starting the recruiting process with Stevens soon most likely and he talked about which schools have already made their interest known.
Still awaiting his first offer Stevens is hoping that he'll land one once the season starts and he showcases his skills early on.
"UConn is recruiting me the hardest right now and I think they may offer after a few games once they see me or my film."
Numerous factors will play a role in his decision making process Stevens told us.
With two seasons to go he's a player that Scout.com will continue to track as he's got plenty of potential and determination to be one of the next big prospects out of Goose Creek High School.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS...JALEN STEVENS
Bench press: 260 pounds
Squat: 345 pounds
Power clean: 250 pounds
Fastest 40: 4.64 seconds
A CLOSER LOOK AT...JALEN STEVENS
Favorite food: BBQ and hash
Favorite movie: All About The Benjamins
Favorite actor/actress: Megan Good
Favorite music artist: Gucci Mane
Favorite subject in school: English
Dream date: Megan Good
Dream school: Florida State
QB sack or big hit on a RB? "Sack on the quarterback! GET SOME!!!"