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2017 Defensive End Kam Stephens Excited To Play In Front Of IU Tonight

Kam Stephens will have a chance to impress Indiana's staff up close in a scrimmage tonight in Columbus, Ohio, he said Friday morning.

The Hoosiers will have a scout on hand tonight to watch Stephens, a 6-foot-5, 210 pound defensive end with offers from Akron, Ohio and Kent State, he said. It's an opportunity Stephens added he isn't about to waste.

"I'm going to show the coaches tonight how quickly I can get to the ball through double teams or whatever," Stephens said. "I'm the type of player they want because I don't give up on plays. I'm always going to the ball. No plays off."

Stephens began to receive interest from Indiana a few weeks ago after getting his tape in the Hoosiers' hands. They immediately showed mutual interest but haven't extended an offer as of yet.

Stephens, who has been friends with current Indiana commit Derrius Mullins since the two were in the sixth grade, is a self-described football junkie. The opportunity to play with a close friend and former little league teammate like Mullins at a Big Ten school like Indiana would be an ideal scenario for the under-the-radar prospect.

"My dream is to play in the Big Ten, specifically at Indiana," Stephens said. "It's close to home, both Columbus and Akron, Ohio, so I wouldn't mind playing in that red and white every Saturday afternoon."

Stephens holds a slow of Division II offers to go along with his three current Division I offers. As a junior, he had 45 tackles and 7.5 sacks for Briggs High School in Columbus. He's already checked out Kent State on a visit but wants the opportunity to be on Indiana's radar.

Wherever he winds up playing, Stephens wants a school with chemistry on the football field and a strong academics program for him to study in. Perhaps more than anything, he wants to feel at home.

"I eat, sleep and breathe football," Stephens said.

Tonight, he'll have a chance to prove it.