Florida State Football Recruiting: 4-Star LB Commit Is Huge Win for Seminoles
The Florida State Seminoles and head coach Jimbo Fisher have to be feeling good about receiving a commitment from 4-star outside linebacker Freddie Stevenson. Bringing in a player of his caliber is simply a huge win for a program that's looking to compete with the likes of Clemson in the ACC.
The addition of Stevenson to the Seminoles 2013 recruiting class puts them at 16 commits overall, but more importantly, he becomes their sixth 4-star recruit.
Clemson may be getting all of the recruiting hype right now in regard to the ACC—deservedly so considering they've got a commit from the nation's No.1 recruit in Robert Nkemdiche—but Florida State is quietly building a very formidable class.
According to Michael Langston of Warchant.com, it was the Florida State coaching staff that really sealed the deal for Stevenson:
In addition to raving about his June visit, the four-star defender said it was the comfort he felt with the entire FSU coaching staff that sold him, especially his bond with Jimbo Fisher.
"He just explained how much they wanted me in their 4-3 defense and how I could be used. I just felt really comfortable with Coach Fisher," said Stevenson. "I felt at home with everyone. I've been thinking about it for a while, but my family wanted me to wait to make sure but after today I'm done and it's a big relief."
It's tough not to like what Stevenson is going to bring to the program.
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Probably the biggest thing you'll notice when watching his highlights is his athleticism. He's 6'1'', 220 pounds and has a very explosive style of play. He gets to the line of scrimmage quickly, has tremendous strength when it comes to taking on blockers and is athletic enough to chase down the ball carrier. He's also very fast off the edge on the rush.
Look no further than last year's Alabama team for proof as to how important having stud backers can be for a team with national championship hopes.With the training and coaching that he'll receive at Florida State, it's not hard to project that Stevenson has what it takes to be a dominant linebacker in the ACC.
This commit is a big win for the Seminoles.
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