In his junior season in high school, Stephen Rivers threw for more than 2,100 yards and 23 touchdowns, and in his senior season, he rushed for nearly 300 yards on 73 attempts.
He was a 3-star commitment out of high school and ranked No. 35 for all quarterbacks in the country by Scouts.com. He was named to the PrepStar all Southeast Region List, the starting quarterback for the Alabama team in the 2010 Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic and was named the Most Valuable Player after leading Alabama to a 24-17 win.
In that game, he completed 14-of-24 passes for 123 yards and had one touchdown with one two-point conversion.
He signed with the Tigers and was redshirted last season. Although he had a poor performance in the 2012 LSU spring game, going 6-of-17 with an interception, he will be a redshirt freshman this season, backing up Zach Mettenberger. He is a very talented and smart quarterback under pressure and can fool defenses, as seen in the featured highlight film.
His quick moves and agility will likely give LSU a rushing option at the quarterback position. Because of this, I would like to see the coaches put him in to run the wildcat. Having this option just might produce a few touchdowns, and if so, will prove to make a big difference in the Tigers' offensive attack.
By the way, you've probably heard of Stephen's older brother, Philip, the four-time Pro Bowl quarterback for the San Diego Chargers. If Stephen has a little bit of his big brother in him, then the SEC defenses better watch out!
Hear that Bama?