I watched Canal Winchester sophomore running back a year ago in his 9th grade year. More of a scrimmage situation, but he had tons of potential. This past season, as a 10th grader, he ran for 1499 yards and 25 TD’s.
Last Friday night, I watched him on the basketball floor. A solid basketball player. Athletic. Quick. Good burst. Played tough defense. Two blocks, on one he came from nowhere. Not an offensive player, but, most impressive, he understands his role on the court and is not a “me-me” guy.
Definitely a team player. Definitely encourages his teammates. Talking to some adults sitting around me, they had nothing but nice things to say about his character. Almost gushing with compliments.
On the football field, he does take over games. Not a “me-me” guy here either, but he stands out. For me, he is one of the top running backs in the Ohio Class of 2022. His HUDL hi-lites are posted.
Listed 6’0-200. He has excellent initial quickness. Makes defenders miss. Plants and gets north/south. Excellent hips to change direction. Breaks tackles. Runs well after catching the ball out of the backfield. Explosive open field blocker. Good vision.
Stephan needs to continue to get bigger/stronger/faster. Guessin 4.65 speed. No one seems to catch him, but he still needs to improve his 5th gear or final burst.
Stephan runs lead-off on the 4/100 m relay and last spring ran a 11.3/100m. Both times will drop this spring. The three sport sophomore also carries a 3.0 in the classroom. Mentioned French as one of his favorite subjects.
When I asked his strengths as football player, he talked about his vision. Also mentioned that he is always looking to get north/south. Weaknesses – continue to get faster and develop his break away speed. I would add that he is not too bad at getting through the line of scrimmage.
Camps will be important to him this summer. More exposure the better. Stephan has gotten exposure, but college coaches need to see both his football skills and his personality.
All of the tools to be one of the very top RB’s in the Ohio Class of 2022. I wish him well and look forward to watching in pads this fall.