March 7, 2012

Three stand out to Stevenson

Bartow (Fla.) outside linebacker Freddie Stevenson has continually gained momentum in recruiting over the past several weeks. The 6-foot-1, 230-pound linebacker now holds offers from Duke, Florida International, Iowa State, Marshall, Massachusetts, N.C. State, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt, and Western Kentucky.

At this time, he is in regular contact with three schools and says they stand out early on.

"I am talking to Western Kentucky and N.C. State the most and I recently talked to Vanderbilt," Stevenson said. "Right now they are my top three."

He talked a bit about each of the three schools.

"I talk with Coach (Josh) Gattis at Vanderbilt," Stevenson said. "He said they were amazed at my tape. He said that they really want to see me at their school.

"I talk with Coach (Jim) Bridge at N.C. State," Stevenson added. "He said that I really impressed them with my film. He said that they have big plans for me.

"(WKU) told me that I really remind them of one of their linebackers that is projected to go high in the NFL Draft next year," Stevenson added. "They told me that they think I can be even better than he is as a player."

In addition to the schools that have offered, Stevenson is also drawing interest from Cincinnati, Louisville, Miami, Penn State, and South Florida. The only visit he has taken so far was to check out the Hurricanes in February.

"I went to Miami for a visit," Stevenson said. "It was two weeks ago on a Sunday. I learned what their defense is based on. It isn't really about size, it is about speed and how smart you are on the field. It comes down to your ability to pick things up."

Stevenson has no specific timeline for making a decision.

As a junior, Stevenson recorded 95 tackles.

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