The Texas Longhorns continued in-state running back evaluations with another offer out at the position on Wednesday to Plano's Brandon Stephens:
The 6'1, 200-pounder is a consensus three-star prospect ranked as the No. 544 player overall, the No. 42 running back, and the No. 79 player in the state.
A bit under the radar before his Texas offer, Stephens nonetheless has an increasingly impressive national list, including Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Ohio State, SMU, Stanford, Tulsa, Washington, and Wisconsin.
As a junior, Stephens was productive, if not especially explosive -- he ran for 1,268 yards and 21 touchdowns on 196 carries for an average of 6.5 yards per attempt.
Two years ago, the testing numbers put up by Stephens weren't particularly impressive at the Dallas NFSC. His completed his 40-yard dash in 4.88 seconds, had a 4.75 shuttle time, and posted a 29.9-inch vertical leap. The typical caveat applies here, however -- he's most likely gotten stronger and faster since that time.
Operating out of the Wildcat and from the I formation, Stephens has the experience and patience to set up his blockers before trying to get downhill. He's a no-nonsense runner who won't waste time juking opponents in the backfield and also has several runs where he shows impressive balance to keep his feet after contact.
Not a big jump cutter or exceptionally explosive, Stephens does have a good slide cut that allows him to navigate traffic and find holes, which speaks to his vision, as well.
There are no predictions in his 247Sports Crystal Ball at this time.