Since his commitment back in July, Lancaster (Texas) High School cornerback Tyler Stephenson has been one of the jewels of the 2010 Baylor recruiting class. As is the case with most four-star prospects though, Stephenson's recruitment did not end with his commitment. Recently, the speedy cornerback has taken an interest in a few other programs.
This past weekend, Stephenson took an official visit to see Oregon's dominating victory over USC and had an eye-opening experience.
"Yesterday I got back from Oregon," Stephenson said. "It went real good. It was a real nice trip. I loved it. I just loved the atmosphere, the fans, how everybody comes together during the football game and then just getting a chance to meet some of the players, talking to them before the game. The facilities are real nice and just the people and the coaches were all great."
Following the trip, Stephenson - who is also an elite track athlete - said that Oregon will certainly be a factor in his decision going forward.
"I would say Oregon is in the mix a lot," he said. "At first they were someone that I was really considering. I just needed time to check it out and I just needed a chance to go see it and I finally did."
Since his early decision, Stephenson has had some regrets about not being able to see all of the schools that he would like to see in order to make his final selection. Now that an Oregon trip is in the books, he has plans to visit Arizona the weekend before Thanksgiving and a potential trip to TCU later on as well.
With these trips scheduled, is he starting to second guess his Baylor commitment?
"I would say I'm starting to second guess it a little bit," he said. "Just because I know I felt confident in and that was definitely where I wanted to go but I just wanted to check out some other things and see what they were really about instead of just hearing about it. I want to see what the best fit for me is.
"I think once I go see some stuff, I'll find whichever school I feel is the best fit for me. If that means decommitting from Baylor and going somewhere else I could see that happening."
On the field, Stephenson has been getting the job done this season. After the departure of two senior starters in the secondary, Stephenson has taken on the leadership role for the 2009 squad.
"Last year we didn't really have to say much because everybody knew their responsibilities," he said. "Now that we're moving everybody around it's more about letting freshmen know what coverages to play and how to play them."