It’s not every day a walk-on from Kentucky chooses the Florida Gators, but redshirt freshman defensive back Garrett Stephens bucks that trend. Stephens made the trek all the way from Louisville, passing up the opportunity to play for his father’s alma mater along the way, just to get the opportunity to play for Florida.
During his time at Saint Xavier High School, Stephens showed a knack for finding the ball. He had six interceptions to go along with five defensive touchdowns in his Tigers’ career. He also racked up 90 tackles, including over 50 his senior season. In game tape, Stephens shows good tackling ability and ball skills.
Following his senior season at St. Xavier, Stephens decided to join his sister, Summer Stephens, at UF as a preferred walk-on. Football is in his blood as his father, Dwayne Stephens, played for Kentucky. The younger Stephens passed up the opportunity to follow in his father’s footsteps with the Wildcats, as well as Louisville, and Northwestern. He’s exactly the type of player Florida fans should want to see: One who wants so badly to be a Gator that he leaves his home state and pays his own way just to contribute to the team. Garrett Stephens is the first of two wearing 25 for the Orange and Blue as day two of fall practice gets underway.