Montclair, N.J. has produced its share of BCS level talent over the years, and the Class of 2014 has at least one more prospect to keep an eye on. Defensive end Austin Stevens finished up his junior season with a state championship, and now is eager to turn his attention to recruiting.
"Recruiting is going well," said Stevens, who is 6-foot-4 and 230 pounds. "I have been contacted by a lot of schools. I will be making visits the first few months of 2013."
Stevens is currently receiving steady interest from Penn State, Maryland, Michigan State, Nebraska, Georgia Tech, Syracuse, UMass, Florida State, Oregon, Rutgers and UConn.
This past summer he checked out a few of these schools out for camps.
"I attended camps at Rutgers, Miami and UConn," said Stevens. "They all went very well. I really enjoyed the University of Miami a lot. I would definitely consider them in the future."
With a majority of his games this fall taking place on a Saturday, Stevens was unable to take any visits, however he is looking forward to at least a few visits in the new year.
"I plan on visiting the schools I named before during the first three months of the year," said Stevens, who mentioned three specific ones. "Penn State in early January, Maryland in mid-February and Nebraska in early February."
After wining a state championship a couple of weeks ago, Stevens had a chance to reflect on his own personal season.
"I feel that my technique was a lot better as well as my knowledge of the game improved so much this year," said Stevens. "I also worked very hard in the weight room to gain strength. This year I racked up 50 plus tackles and 10.5 sacks. Overall it went extremely well."