Tony Stevens to Texas A&M: Aggies Land Top-Ranked Football Recruit
Four-star recruit Tony Stevens has signed with Texas A&M, according to Scout.com's Brandon Huffman.
Orlando (Fla.) Evans receiver Tony Stevens commits to Texas A&M at the U.S. Army Bowl...— Brandon Huffman (@BrandonHuffman) January 5, 2013
The 6'4", 184-pound receiver out of Orlando committed to Florida State twice during the recruiting process, only to subsequently decommit both times.
Stevens will certainly need to bulk up for college, but his height, length, fluidity and grace could make him a special player. He gets into his routes quickly, has good coverage recognition (with the legitimate ability to change his routes accordingly) and he has soft hands, allowing him to pluck the ball out of the air, even if it is behind him.
Beyond that, Stevens isn't afraid to go across the middle, almost seems to enjoy doing the dirty work such as blocking and has the toughness and intelligence to adjust quickly to the college game.
As noted, none of this will matter if Stevens doesn't considerably bulk up. His physicality and talent allowed him to excel in high school, but playing with the big boys in college is a completely different world. He can be the toughest receiver on the planet, but if he doesn't add strength he will get pushed around by the bigger opponents and going across the middle won't be as easy for him to stomach.
Overall, you have a receiver who is fun to watch with his agility, grace and quickness. He already has a strong understanding of route-running as well.
Aside from his back-and-forth with Florida State during the recruiting process, Stevens doesn't seem to have any character concerns, either. He not only understands the game, he doesn't seem like the kind of guy who will do anything to jeopardize his career off the field.
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