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DE is a chip off the old block

Junior to Watch: Dwight Stephenson, Jr.
School: Pope John Paul 11
Position: Linebacker and defesive end
Size and Speed: Stephenson, Jr. is 6-foot-2 and 215 pounds. He has been timed in the 40-yard dash at 4.5 seconds and he shouldn’t have a problem qualifying with a 2.7 grade point average and a 980 on the SAT.
Honors: Stephenson, Jr. was selected to the all-county team as a junior.
Statistics Stephenson, Jr. had an estimated 27 sacks as a junior.
Favorites: Stephenson, Jr. favors Miami and Alabama over Florida State and Florida.
Skinny: Boca Raton (Fla.) Pope John Paul 11 is the home of one of South Florida’s top defensive prospects who happens to have great bloodlines. Recruiting fans, meet outside linebacker and defensive end Dwight Stephenson, Jr.
He’s the son of former all-pro offensive lineman Dwight Stephenson who played for the Miami Dolphins in the 80s. His father has been an important part in the development of his game.
“My father critiques me,” Stephenson, Jr. said. “On the weekends, he helps correct the things that I did wrong from last game. We also watch a lot of film together.”
Stephenson. Sr. is a graduate of Alabama. Will that be a factor on what school his son chooses?
“My father wouldn’t mind me going there, and I grew up loving Alabama,” Stephenson, Jr. said. “I’ve been up there for several of their games, however being from South Florida it would be hard for me to leave. I don’t like cold weather.”
Stephenson, Jr., who specializes in chasing down quarterbacks, made it quite clear that even though his family has ties to the Crimson Tide that an offer from Miami would be tough to turn down.
“The Miami coaches want to see more of my play before offering,” Stephenson, Jr. said. “They want to see if I’m going to able to play defensive end in college or if a switch to linebacker is necessary. They have a great defensive program and I love that school. If Miami does offer, I would consider committing early.”
Stephenson, Jr. is also considering Florida State and Florida.
Early in May, the Seminoles are scheduled to visit his spring practice and Stevenson, Jr. is anxious to meet their coach.
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