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June 9, 2006
Carolina Prep OL Making Name For Himself
It's hard to drive by a high school in the Palmetto State this year without finding a slew of college coaches drooling over a prospect two. South Carolina is loaded in the '07 class. While the 5 Rivals 100 members, and perhaps as many as 12 Rivals 250 members get the most attention, the depth in this class goes well beyond that level.
In many years, a player such as Dutch Forks Stephen St. John would be on the tip of everyone's tongue. To date he hasn't received the recruiting board hype of others, but college coaches are noticing him. With a long frame, very strong academics, and a very good showing at the recent Gainesville Nike camp, expect Stephen to become mentioned as a target by numerous schools along the eastern seaboard. We go in depth with Stephen today.
Stephen, what are your current vitals?
· Height - 6'6 ½
Have you participated in any of the strength testing, bench, squat, etc and if so what are your numbers?
· No, lately I have been concentrating on my explosiveness and foot
Stephen, what is your personal and team goals for the 2006 year?
· My personal goal is to be the best offensive tackle in the state. As for the team it is the same as last year. I want to help lead Dutch Fork to a State Championship.
· I received a 24 on my ACT. This years grades aren't posted yet, but I ended my sophomore year with an overall GPA of 3.1. Thanks to Algebra III and Chemistry it probably will not be quite as high this year. I would like to major in either education or criminology.
· Right Tackle
What do you perceive are you strengths and what do you need to really work on getting better at?
· Strengths include my height, long arms, and my work ethic
Are there any other players on your team that we should keep an eye on?
Dutch Fork has several rising seniors that we should keep an eye on
· Joey Scribner-Howard – punter
Who were the best players in your eyes, that you played against?
· I was very impressed this passed year with Adam Patterson and the entire RNE
team. Coach Frye obviously does a fantastic job over there. They played a very hard
game against us.
· I was selected as the best offensive lineman at the camp
Who were some of the players you can recall lining up against?
· Quinton Richardson
· I felt I did very well on the one-on-ones and the drills.
Who were the best players you observed at the camp?
· At Gainesville NIKE camp there were three other players who work out with me at Athletes Arena with Josh Ortega (Mark Barnes-WR, Gary Gray- DB, and Quinton Richardson – DL). The four of us were selected as the best players at camp in our respective positions. Also Stephen Garcia was impressive.
Stephen, could you name a top 5 or 7 at this point?
All these schools have shown interest or are close by. This list could change
based on interest I receive
Are you planning on camping anywhere this summer?
What would be an estimated timeframe for a commitment should you receive an offer you desire?
· I'd like to have an idea of where I want to go by the start of the football season. I'm hoping to receive offers from my top 7 schools along with several other schools that I have in mind, make some official visits and then make a final decision