Camas lineman picks Southern Cal

Caadyn Stephen, who has 12 Division-I scholarship offers, says he will sign with USC

CAMAS — Fight on Caadyn Stephen. Fight On!

Stephen, a senior at Camas and one of the top football recruits in the Northwest, announced Wednesday night his intention to sign with the University of Southern California.

Caadyn Stephen of Camas visited USC over the weekend. On Wednesday, he announced his decision to play for the Trojans. Photo courtesy of Stephens and USC.
Caadyn Stephen of Camas visited USC over the weekend. On Wednesday, he announced his decision to play for the Trojans. Photo courtesy of Stephens and USC.

“Faith. Family. Football. That’s what stood out to me. I like how Coach (Clay) Helton runs his team. Faith first. That’s a huge part of me, faith first. I fell in love with USC after that visit. That family bond was amazing. That’s what pulled me in.”

Stephen, a 6-5, 280-pound offensive lineman, has a dozen Division-I scholarship offers, including seven from Pac-12 programs.

He had an official visit with USC this weekend. He hinted that the Trojans were high on his list when he tweeted out how amazing the trip was, posting pictures of him in a USC uniform. “Fight On!” is the fight song for USC and a rallying cry for USC fans. 

Caadyn Stephen moved to Camas from Alaska prior to his junior season. He goes into his senior season as one of the top recruits in the West. Photo by Mike Schultz
Caadyn Stephen moved to Camas from Alaska prior to his junior season. He goes into his senior season as one of the top recruits in the West. Photo by Mike Schultz

On Wednesday night, just moments after talking to Clark County Today, he called USC to let the coaches there know he planned on becoming a Trojan.

Stephen moved to Camas prior to his junior year of high school. He grew up in Alaska. 

“I don’t like heat,” he said with a laugh. “California’s hot, but I can’t pass up this offer.”

Football recruits must wait until December to sign letters of intent, or they can wait until the traditional signing period in February. 

Caadyn Stephen also played basketball his whole life. College coaches told him they like his footwork. Being a multi-sport athlete paid off for him, he said. Photo by Mike Schultz
Caadyn Stephen also played basketball his whole life. College coaches told him they like his footwork. Being a multi-sport athlete paid off for him, he said. Photo by Mike Schultz

But two days before the start of the high school football season — Camas will host Lincoln on Friday at Doc Harris Stadium — Stephen made the call to USC. He did so in the middle of the team meal that Camas has every Wednesday, stepping outside of the crowded room to find a little peace.

He returned to the dinner and quietly said: “The decision has been made.”

Clark County Today will have more on Caadyn Stephen, as well as two other top recruits from Clark County high school football teams, on Friday as football coaches, players, fans, and media prepare for the first Friday night of the 2019 season.

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Paul Valencia joins ClarkCountyToday.com after more than two decades of newspaper experience. He became the face of high school sports coverage in Clark County during his 17 years at The Columbian. Before moving to Vancouver, Paul worked at Oregon daily newspapers in Pendleton, Roseburg, and Salem. A graduate of David Douglas High School in Portland, Paul enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving three years as a soldier/journalist. He and his wife Jenny recently celebrated their 20th anniversary. They have a son who has a passion for karate and Minecraft. Paul’s hobbies include: Watching the Raiders play football, reading about the Raiders playing football, and waiting to watch and read about the Raiders playing football.

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