The spread of the Big 12 recruiting footprint to Louisiana has been talked about here before. It’s essentially an inevitability at this point that Louisiana will become Big 12 territory sooner rather than later, and the schools that know how to recruit the Bayou have a huge advantage over those that don’t. Perhaps the only school in the Big 12 that can keep up with Kansas(!!!) in Louisiana is TCU, as the Horned Frogs landed their third recruit from the former SEC stronghold yesterday, in the form of Logansport athlete John Stephens. Stephens joins Hidari Ceasar and Justin Rogers in the Louisiana to Fort Worth movement.
I'm am officially committed 🙏🏾CarterBoys18🐸 pic.twitter.com/ydbNROvPIj
— John Stephens Jr ™ (@Johnjr_9) June 15, 2017
THE STEPHENS FILE
Stephens is the 8th recruit to join TCU’s 2018 class. He’ll likely play receiver in Fort Worth, and if he doesn’t, he’s the lone wideout in the class for now, though a fellow Louisianan could be joining him shortly. Wide receiver isn’t a huge need for TCU in this class, which really shows how much they like this kid’s game.
Stephens picked TCU over offers from Arizona State, Mississippi State, Arkansas, Ole Miss and Texas Tech. The Horned Frogs offered back in April, about four months after he visited for junior day. Stephens told 247sports that it was at that junior day that he decided he wanted to be a Horned Frog. Rusty Burns, the wide receiver coach at TCU was his main recruiter, played a huge part in getting John interested, and in getting an offer out to him. Rusty is a big fan of Stephens, and it’s really easy to see why.
On the field, the first thing you notice about John is just how much taller he is than everybody else on the field. At 6-foot-5, Stephens is not your average receiver. That height, paired with an impressive 36 inch vertical leap, makes for a very dangerous receiver, especially on deep balls. He’s not the fastest receiver in the world, but he’ll win jump balls pretty much every single time. He high points the ball extremely well, and knows how to use his body to win battles against smaller defenders. He’ll never be an extremely dangerous route runner, but as a pure receiver, Stephens has the potential to be great. His ceiling comparison is a throwback, Herman Moore.