Moral Stephens signs with Florida on National Signing Day 2014: Recruitment, highlights, impact

Doug Benc

It's hard not to like a guy nicknamed Noochie.

Moral Stephens has a great nickname: Noochie. Having sent in his National Letter of Intent on National Signing Day, he will be joining Florida's rotation at tight end, where he can probably be counted on to be the best-nicknamed player at his position.

Moral's recruitment was short-lived, but we hope these highlights and our projection of his future impact for the Gators leave you hoping for a long life in Gainesville for Noochie.

Recruitment

Stephens is from Perry, Florida — population: 7,017 — and he attended Taylor County High School. Although he played wide receiver in high school, Florida primarily recruited Stephens as a tight end, and he was announced as one by the school on Wednesday.

He will fight for playing time with the two other incoming tight end prospects: C'yontai Lewis and DeAndre Goolsby. Stephens is a four-star player who chose Florida over schools like Arkansas, Clemson, Florida State, LSU, Miami, Ohio State, Penn State and South Carolina, among others.

Highlights

Future Impact

Stephens is one of the more interesting prospects in Florida's 2014 class. Although Stpehens played wide receiver in high school, the Gator coaching staff will want the four-star to come in and move inside, where he could compete for a spot at the tight end position.

It's probably a good idea: Stephens has excellent ball skills and can match up well on linebackers either on the line of scrimmage or in the slot, and while his speed is probably quite good for a tight end, it appears average for a wide receiver on tape.

I think Kurt Roper can find creative ways to work both Stephens and Lewis into the offense in similar roles while Goolsby plays to his strength as a blocker. With more weight and practice in the system, Stephens can ultimately become an excellent college tight end.

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