Mililani's Stevenson sets his sights on Washington


POSTED: Friday, October 23, 2009

The impact of Washington football's momentous upset of USC in Seattle last month was felt all the way across the Pacific Ocean.

And its aftershocks are still occurring.

Mililani senior Dalaunte “;Taz”; Stevenson said yesterday he plans to play for the Huskies next fall as a cornerback or safety.

“;I spent a lot of time talking with the coaches and it seemed like the best place for me,”; the 6-foot-2, 190-pound Stevenson said.

Did that 16-13 UW win over one of the top programs in the country help his decision?

“;Oh yeah.”;

Stevenson, who has played on offense, defense and special teams for the Trojans, has been slowed by injuries at times this season but still put up 661 combined rushing and receiving yards, with six touchdowns. He's also a stalwart defender and dangerous return man, though, adding to his broad appeal. He's a star on Mililani's track team.

He said he chose the Huskies over such other finalists as Oregon State, Colorado, Wyoming and Hawaii. Stevenson plans to pursue a degree in engineering, something he said he's had in mind for a while.

He takes his official visit on Nov. 27, the weekend of the Apple Cup rivalry game against Washington State.

Stevenson's Trojans take on the Kahuku Red Raiders tonight in the Oahu Interscholastic Association Red quarterfinals.