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Jayhawks add much-needed DE in Stevens

9/19/2013

Kansas needs good recruiting news at almost every position and got some when talented defensive end Austin Stevens (Montclair, N.J./Montclair) committed to the Jayhawks.

He's the Jayhawks' first defensive lineman pledge and eighth overall commitment. Stevens, 6-foot-4 and 235 pounds, chose Kansas over Temple, Boston College, Rutgers and UMass, among others. Stevens recorded 55 tackles and 11½ sacks and formed a dangerous tandem with uncommitted defensive end Darius Slade.

Stevens has a solid frame and can put on weight to make it better. Coaches love his motor, and he has a positive attitude of becoming a better player. He should learn a lot from head coach Charlie Weis, defensive line coach Buddy Wyatt and the rest of the staff.

Stevens, more importantly, is a winner. He was a part of a Montclair team that won the New Jersey North 1, Group V sectional championship last season. Montclair finished 12-0 and not only became the first Montclair team to not only win a dozen games in a year but also became the first time in nearly 40 years to go undefeated.

If Stevens can bring to Kansas what he’s bringing to the table for Montclair, the Jayhawks will benefit from a player that can help them in their quest to battle Big 12 offenses.

What Kansas is hoping for, additionally, is to add Stevens’ sidekick. Slade has a Jayhawks offer, in addition to offers from Michigan State, West Virginia, Pittsburgh, Rutgers and others.