Always looking ahead, Plano RB Stephens chooses Stanford

Always looking ahead, Plano RB Stephens chooses Stanford

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Always looking ahead, Plano RB Stephens chooses Stanford

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Plano High running back Brandon Stephens (far right) runs the ball as a blocker clears the way.

Plano High running back Brandon Stephens (far right) runs the ball as a blocker clears the way.

PLANO – Plano High running back Brandon Stephens has committed to play at Stanford.

Signing day isn’t for another five months; Stephens doesn’t like to wait.

He didn’t wait when the football season began, either. The first time he touched the ball, he scored.

“I told my dad and my mom, I was like, ‘Mom, when I get the ball, I’m taking it to the house,,” Stephens said. “I just had a vision that I’m taking it to the house. I’m making a statement this first play of the season.”

Making his college choice gives Brandon one less thing to think about.

Plano High running back Brandon Stephens has committed to play at Stanford.

Plano High running back Brandon Stephens has committed to play at Stanford.

“He has a loaded AP schedule, and so this right here takes a load off of his back,” said Brandon’s father, Tim Stephens.

His coach says Brandon is the hardest worker on the team, and there’s no better place for hard work than the weight room.

“It’s 7:30, 8, 8:30 at night, and when I come in here to lock up the weight room,” said Plano head coach Jaydon McCullough, “I have to usually to tell Brandon, ‘OK, it’s time to go home now.'”

Plano High running back Brandon Stephens

Plano High running back Brandon Stephens

“We make it kind of a joke, it’s just been kind of a thing,” said Plano linebacker Tomas Venegas. “If you can’t find Brandon, he’s probably in the weight room.”

Plano has won its first two games of the season, and Brandon has rushed for 249 yards and 4 touchdowns.

“What you see now is what he was doing in third grade,” said Darron George, a family friend and Brandon’s first football coach. “The way he moves, he’s a thoroughbred. When you see a thoroughbred run, you just know a racehorse when you see it.”

And he will continue running for the Wildcats, and then all the way to Stanford.

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