May 22, 2008
Minnesota takes an early lead for Stephens
Mansfield (Texas) Timberview running back Eric Stephens has shown in the pads what kind of back he is by rushing for just under 2,000 yards as a junior. Recently he showed what kind of back he was by dominating the Fort Worth Nike Training Camp and taking home the running back MVP.
Long overdue, some programs are starting to take notice.
Stephens recently picked up his third and fourth offers to add to those already extended by Houston and Minnesota.
"I have offers from Boise State and Buffalo," Stephens said. "Boise State, I really know about as much as anybody else. I know about them beating Oklahoma. I know about their offense. I like their offense. Their coach seemed real cool. I like him. Buffalo, I liked what they were talking about too.
"Boise State, they're really liking me as their primary back.
"Buffalo, I had a good conversation with their coach. I also got a chance to talk to Coach Gill."
While Stephens holds an interest in his new offers, Minnesota and its early scholarship offer has continued to stand out to Stephens.
"I'm really starting to like Minnesota," volunteered the sturdy back. "I really like Coach Hammock and I'm liking their offense. Coach Hammock actually came by and it was the first time I'd met him face to face."
The relationship that Stephens has built with Coach Hammock seems to be a strong one that has boosted Minnesota to the top of his list.
"I like any coach that's willing to give you a chance," he said. "I liked him as a person. He's easy to communicate with. We communicate over email and I call him.
"I'm thinking about going up there. I want to go out there (for a visit)."
Among the other schools that may be close to offering is Georgia Tech according to Stephens' coach.
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