Recruit Update: Riley Stephenson
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Posted Aug 25, 2005

Over the last few years BYU has been spoiled with a good kicking game. Names like Owen Pochman and Matt Payne bring fond memories to Cougar faithful. At 6’0”, 175 pounds, Riley Stephenson from Pine View High school in St. George, Utah hopes to continue the tradition.

“Coach Mendenhall offered me a full ride scholarship this summer during a meeting with him in Provo,” Riley Stephenson said. “I committed to him right there.”

Stephenson grew up a big BYU football fan and loved cheering for greats like Ty Detmer.

“Arizona St. also offered me a scholarship,” Stephenson said. “But I knew going to BYU was the right thing. “

As a junior Stephenson was named first team all state. He has lettered in all 4 years in football at Pine view. He has 118 career PATs and hopes to break the Utah state record of 150 set last year. Riley who has been kicking since 8th grade said his longest FG in a game is 42 yards but can hit 50-yarders regularly in practice.

Stephenson said he punts and kicks for his high school team but isn’t sure what he will do at BYU.

“BYU hasn’t told me what I will do,” Stephenson said. “I like doing everything though.”

The right footer said his greatest football memory to date was last year when his team was playing Grantsville. The JV team needed a field goal to win the game so Riley came running onto the field and kicked the game winner. Later that day the varsity team needed a game winning field goal and Stephenson obliged.

Stephenson lives next door to another Cougar commit James Lark said he is excited that both will be attending BYU.

“He is a good friend of mine,” Stephenson said. “We will probably room together.”

Stephenson said he plans on leaving on a mission the summer he graduates from High School then enroll at BYU when he comes back.

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