The recruiting grind never sleeps. With many high school prospects on spring break, a number of recruits are taking their time off from the classroom to visit college campuses. On Wednesday, one of the top pass rushing defensive ends from Central Ohio made the trek to Kent State to check out the Golden Flashes.
Kam Stephens, a soon-to-be senior from Briggs High School in Columbus had the chance to see what Kent State had to offer up close and personal. He also had a moment with members of the Golden Flashes coaching staff during his time on campus yesterday.
"The visit was good. I loved the campus. It's close to home in Columbus and Akron. It's nice, and the weight room was awesome." The 6'5, 210-pound Stephens stated to Hustle Belt. "I spoke to the head coach (Paul Haynes). He had a meeting so we barely talked. I also talked to the defensive coordinator Ben Needham. We talked for a good 30 minutes. Me, him, and my brother. He said we'll be in contact for the spring game, and to come to their camp. I got his card. He told me to keep in touch."
With offers currently on the table from the Division II level, Stephens, who racked up over 45 total tackles, and 7.5 sacks last season as a junior for Briggs, is looking to receive his first scholarship offer from the Division I ranks. After a more than stellar trip to Kent State, Kam wouldn't mind if the Golden Flashes turned his dreams of suiting up for a major college football program into a reality.
"I would really be happy. I love the campus. I know some people there, and me and their linebacker (Marques Moore) clicked as soon as we met. I would be honored." He said.
Kent State isn't the last college campus Stephens will check out this spring. On Saturday, the under-the-radar prospect has plans to head south to mingle with the Volunteers of Tennessee.
Just starting the recruiting process, Stephens doesn't have any type of commitment timeline set in stone. While he isn't sure where he'll end up next year, one thing is for certain, Kam knows exactly what he is looking for in a school and his future.
"I'm looking for a winning attitude, good coaching, and good teammates. I have a very good bond with my high school teammates and I want to be able to do that at the collegiate level. It might sound crazy, but the jerseys have to be nice. I like style and I want to feel good while I'm playing. I want to study business and finance, and be a chief executive officer. I would like to play professional football, and after retirement open up a fitness center or a sports store with my degree."
Want to see Kam Stephens in action? Check out some of high school highlights, courtesy of Hudl: