New Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn received his first commitment from a high school player when 4-star wide receiver Tony Stevens decided to switch his commitment from Texas A&M to the Tigers.
AL.com's Charles Goldberg reported that Stevens made the switch in SEC schools on Saturday morning.
This is a huge get for a Tigers team that desperately needed help in the passing game. The Tigers are coming off a season where they were 116th in the nation in passing yards. That is a big part of the reason why Auburn went a disappointing 3-9 last season, and why Malzahn is now calling the shots instead of Gene Chizik.
Stevens definitely has the talent to help out that passing game.
Standing at 6'3", the lanky receiver is going to have to add some strength to his 175-pound body to excel at the college level, but the Evan High School product from Orlando has room on his frame to do that.
In 247Sports' composite rankings, he is listed as the 161st-best recruit in this class and the 20th-best receiver.
During his senior season at Evans, he tallied 29 catches for 516 yards and seven touchdowns, according to Goldberg's report.
Stevens is a natural pass-catcher. He uses his hands to corral the ball, and he seldom lets a pass get by. He has great ball skills, and he combines that with solid leaping ability to get the ball at its peak.
In addition, Stevens has nice explosion off the line for a player of his height, and he does so with a nice, low pad level. So even though he needs to add a little muscle, he shouldn't have too much of a problem getting off the line.
This is great news for Auburn, as it could definitely use Stevens to get on the field right away.