QB Stevens transfers from Coolidge to Dunbar

By Alan Goldenbach
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, August 9, 2010; 11:45 AM

Even before her first practice as Coolidge football coach, Natalie Randolph had to deal with her first crisis.

Senior Stephon Stevens, who had played quarterback throughout the summer with the Colts in several 7-on-7 passing league tournaments, transferred and enrolled at Dunbar last Thursday, a day before D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association schools began fall practice.

Randolph said she and her staff were surprised by Stevens's decision to transfer, but added, "It happens, but we'll get over it." She said she has about four others competing to fill Stevens' role.

Stevens is allowed to make the move because of D.C. Public Schools' out-of-boundary transfer rules.

Dunbar Coach Craig Jefferies said both of Stevens's parents graduated from Dunbar and he is cousins with Crimson Tide seniors Vance and Vernard Roberts, who have both orally committed to West Virginia.

Stevens "walked into our meeting on Monday," Jefferies said, "and I was like, 'Whoa. What are you doing here?'"

Jefferies said Stevens informed the Coolidge staff of his decision later in the week, and completed his transfer with the Dunbar administration by Thursday.

Coolidge's coaches said during the summer that Stevens was perhaps their top all-around player, and wanted to maximize his talents by putting him at quarterback. Jefferies said Stevens told him he didn't want to play both quarterback and cornerback, fearing it might be too much of a physical burden.

Coming to Dunbar, Stevens won't have to worry about lining up under center; sophomore Lamel Matthews is entering his second season as the starter.

Stevens, meantime, will play safety and also come in on Dunbar's four-receiver alignments on offense. Jefferies said Dunbar tried to get Stevens prior to last season, after he transferred from Carroll, where he spent the 2008-09 school year.

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