The Iowa Hawkeyes keep the recruiting momentum going for #Swarm21 as they received a commitment today from Beau Stephens, an offensive lineman from Blue Springs, Missouri. This is the 11th commitment for the 2021 class and comes right on the heels of a commitment from defensive lineman Max Llewellyn yesterday.
Stephens is currently rated as a three-star recruit, and the 43rd overall lineman in the country according to Rivals.com. The list of schools trying to convince Stephens to play for them is certainly long and exclusive and includes such powerhouses as LSU, Michigan, Texas A&M, and Oklahoma State.
Perhaps with these bigger players in the hunt for Stephens, the most refreshing quote was the thanks from Stephens “for making this an easy decision”. It’s been preached here at BHGP and by numerous former players that Iowa should be an easy decision for top linemen and hopefully that’s what we’re starting to see.
After an exciting recruiting process, I have decided that the University of Iowa will be the best place for me to continue my academic and football career. Thank you Coach Ferentz @CoachTimIowa and @CopelandKelton for making this an easy decision. #SWARM21 #Committed pic.twitter.com/WTh5gNNHwz— Beau Stephens (@BeauStephens70) April 23, 2020
On film, Stephens looks as you would expect a Division I recruit to look against high school competition, even at the highest class level. He’s bigger, faster and stronger than the man lined up opposite him on almost every play. He played both sides of the ball at times, but spent the most time at right tackle. Stephens looks to enjoy blocking downfield and finishing a play which often results in a pancake.
The Blue Springs product has a college frame already at 6’6”, 305lbs and can already lift a lot of weight. Coach Doyle should love to continue to mold Stephens into a dominant force.
Since so many of you liked my last post here's my squat from yesterday night. 410x3 to end my workout. pic.twitter.com/0y048l4axx— Beau Stephens (@BeauStephens70) April 22, 2020
Fitting with the linemen tradition at Iowa, Stephens can also wrestle a bit.
Blue Springs football finished 6-5 in 2019 and lost to Ft. Zumwalt West in the Round of 16 in the Missouri 6A State Finals.
Iowa’s class is now ranked 10th nationally by Rivals and 8th according to 247 Sports. The Hawkeyes are expected to take close to 20 commitments again in the class of 2021.
Welcome aboard Beau Stephens!