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’27 DB/WR figures to get more offensive run in ’24 with his speed and frame

Mason Stephens is easily one of the better 2027s playing football in the Appalachias. Stephens is 6’0,” weighs in at 150-pounds, and blisters the 40-yard dash in 4.60-seconds. Believe me when I tell you freshmen in high school clipping off 40s in 4.60-seconds is blazing a hard to follow trail. We love Stephens frame, athleticism, work ethic, and filthy speed and have no trouble predicting this will be a prospect from whom you will hear plenty as we move through the ’24 season.

HB Lyon, Scouting Director, KPGFootball
Players and coaches gathered for a team photograph of the 2023 Letcher County Central High School Cougars football team; Photo: Derek Barton, Mountain Eagle

Mason Stephens Highlights

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One of the things on which we pride ourselves is the ability to spot talent before everyone else. We didn’t quite spot this prospect before everybody; after all, he did come out of middle school among the more decorated, FBU players entering a high school locker room. However, one can’t exactly call us late to the party either.

Stephens, No. 3

Mason Stephens fits the bill when discussing versatility. Most people thought of Stephens as a filthy-fast, offensive edge target who could use his length, frame, and 4.60-40-yard dash speed to stretch defenses. Like so many young prospects, he appears to have found a home on defense first while also contributing to special teams.

Stephens played 11-games of varsity football for a 5-6, 4A football team. Let me assure you, Letcher will turn your darn hat around.

Stephens thrived both on defense and special teams as a freshman. Stephens tallied 24-tackles, 1-FR, and an INT.

That is darn good production, particularly recovering fumbles and picking passes, evidencing a nose for the football, for any freshman toiling away on a 4A roster. This (of course) begs the question, “When might we see him on offense?”

Stephens will see the offensive huddle before that 4.60-second, 40-speed dips to 4.55

Friday Night Fletch

We predict those of you awaiting this deployment will not have to wait very long. Junior Mathews has been at the reigns of the Letcher County sled for years. Believe me, coach knows what he is doing.

It doesn’t take long for ’27s with 4.60-second, 40 yard dash speed to find the field in any offense. How long should it take for an offense in the mountains playing the type, rough and tumble football called for to thrive in such environs? We believe Stephens will see the offensive huddle before that 4.60-second, 40-speed dips to 4.55 (and it certainly will)!

Join us next week as we return to honor another weekly prize winner. Until then, pop some Mingua Beef Jerky in your mouth and savor the quality and flavor which sets it apart from the competition. Remember, our product is superior and one of a kind; just like Letcher County Central’s Mason Stephens. 

This is Friday Night Fletch reporting for Kentucky Prep Gridiron and reminding you to PLAY THROUGH THE WHISTLE. Don’t forget to SAVOR THE FLAVOR! 

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