Rutgers Offers Sayreville Star

Delon Stephenson

ScarletReport.com had on its premium message board Tuesday night Delon Stephenon of Sayreville High (Parlin, N.J.) was getting a Rutgers offer today, and the 5-foot-10, 165-pounder went into detail the meaning of it. Stephenson, who is being recruited to play slot receiver, also discussed whether his brother's commitment to the Scarlet Knights would have any bearing on his recruitment.

Rutgers grabbed a player out of Sayreville High (Parlin, N.J.) each of the last two seasons, and now comes the chance for a third as the Scarlet Knights are offering Bombers running back Delon Stephenson today.

The class of 2012 Stephenson is the younger brother of Rutgers commit Daryl Stephenson, a defensive tackle who is making an official visit to campus this weekend.

"The coaching (staff) told my brother (Rutgers) was offering me (Wednesday)," Delon said. "That should be good. I'm kind of happy because it's my first offer. It means a lot because a lot of the focus is on school now. I just have to keep my grades up."

The 5-foot-10, 160-pound Stephenson ran for more than 1,000 yards and 15 touchdowns in helping Sayreville to the Central Jersey Group 4 state title with a win over Brick Memorial on Saturday at Rutgers Stadium, but he is being recruited as a slot receiver.

He played receiver as a sophomore, but was moved primarily into the backfield this season and spear-headed the offense. He also was an asset catching passes out of the backfield, totaling 24 receptions for 400 yards and eight touchdowns.

"I want to play a slot receiver," Stephenson said. "I'm not that tall, and when I get the ball in my hands I can make people miss."

Stephenson is being recruited by a number of schools, and he said Florida and North Carolina were the most noteworthy.

And although he lives 15 minutes from the Rutgers campus and his brother is Rutgers-bound, Delon's knowledge of the program is limited.

"I've been there once or twice, that's about it," he said. "I don't know too much about them."

Also, the lure of playing on the same team with his brother isn't something pulling at him.

"If he goes to school and I'm a senior and I miss him, then maybe I will want to play with him again in college," Delon said. "Right now it's not something I'm thinking about."

One of the reasons Stephenson has remained under the radar is his lack of participation on the camp circuit.

"I didn't go to any camps (last summer)," he said. "I may go to one or two, but I'm not into any camps. I'd pretty much rather play with the pads. Otherwise, it's like street ball."

For now, Stephenson is content with his Rutgers offer, and winning a state title, which has extra meaning.

"I get a ring now," he said. "I always wanted one since we lost my freshman. It was great wining with my team and all the seniors. I'm close with all of them. It was sad last year seeing seniors lose."

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