Rio Grande Sports Information
CANNONSBURG, Ky. – University of Rio Grande men's soccer head Scott Morrissey has announced the addition of Boyd County High School's Jaz Stephenson for the 2013 campaign.
The 6-foot-2, 170-pound Stephenson was a goal keeper for head coach William Ferguson's Lions, who finished 12-8-1 last fall after an overtime loss to Greenup County in the 16th Region championship game.
Stephenson allowed just 1.7 goals per game as a senior, earning all-tournament honors at the Scott County Classic and all-area kudos from the Ashland Daily Independent.
"I'm very excited," Stephenson said. "I've worked hard to get here. It's a dream come true, something I've been thinking about since I was eight years old."
Stephenson allowed just 0.9 goals per contest as a junior, when Boyd County posted a 12-5-1 record.
Stephenson, who chose to sign with the RedStorm after also being courted by Kentucky Christian University, said his familiarity with Rio played a big role in his decision to sign.
"I've been coming to camp here for a while and I know how good the program is," he said. "I'm just happy to be a part of it."
Morrissey said the addition of Stephenson to the RedStorm roster is one that could pay dividends down the road.
"Jaz is a guy who we became familiar with through our camp. He's going to start his career with us as a junior varsity player but, as he continues to develop, his role could grow as well," said Morrissey. "It's always nice to add local kids who have some skill and ability to our roster."
Stephenson is ready to get that development process started.
"I feel like I can come in and compete at a higher level and help Rio continue to excel," he said. "I'm willing to do whatever I need to do to help the program win a national championship."
Stephenson, who will major in Computer Networking, is the son of Adam and Karri Stephenson of Ashland, Ky.