Before his junior season, the coaching staff at Parlin (N.J.) Sayreville decided to make athlete Delon Stephenson the centerpiece of their offense. Finishing with 27 touchdowns, Stephenson did not disappoint, and as a result recently picked up his first offer.
Stephenson, 5-foot-11 and 170 pounds, picked up his first offer from Rutgers, who currently has a commitment from his older brother, Daryl Stephenson.
"Rutgers actually first told my brother about the offer last week," said Stephenson. "It feels good, but I don't really think about it that much because I'm trying to get better grades right now."
With his brother's commitment, and his close proximity to Rutgers, Stephenson seemed to have the Scarlet Knights as his front runner until their troubles this fall.
"Well that's where I wanted to go sine last year," said Stephenson. "But I don't know anymore since they had a bad year. If they play better next year I might go there."
While Rutgers is his first offer, a number of other schools have been showing increased interest, including Syracuse, North Carolina, Temple, Connecticut, Maryland, Purdue and Vanderbilt.
Stephenson, who hopes to play offense at the next level, saw playing time all over the field this fall.
"I had a good season from switching from wide receiver to running back," said Stephenson. "I had a way better season than last year on offense, defense and special teams."
On offense, Stephenson finished with 1,009 yards rushing and 14 touchdowns on 118 carries, and 379 yards receiving and eight touchdowns on 24 receptions. Then he also had 39 tackles, five interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown, on defense, and four kick returns for a touchdown.