LSU made a serious splash on the recruiting trail Monday when athlete JaCoby Stevens joined its 2017 class.
Shea Dixon of 247Sports shared word of Stevens’ decision from his announcement.
The 6’2”, 200-pound Stevens played wide receiver and safety in high school and is a 4-star prospect, per 247Sports’ composite rankings. He is also the No. 27 overall player, the No. 2 safety and the No. 2 player from the state of Tennessee in the 2017 class.
The multitalented Stevens drew interest from many of the top schools in the country during the recruiting cycle, including LSU, Tennessee, Alabama, Oklahoma, Florida, Florida State and Miami, among others.
He initially committed to LSU as an underclassman but reopened his recruitment when doubts surrounding head coach Les Miles’ future at the school arose during the 2015 season. Sonny Shipp of 247Sports passed along quotes from Stevens at the time hinting at his mindset:
As of right now, I have reopened my recruitment. I envisioned myself playing under Les Miles, coach Corey Raymond and having Austin Thomas (Director of Player Personnel) there. With not knowing if they are going to be there it just made sense for me to reopen my recruitment. …
If coach Miles is still there then we will talk and get everything going again with recruiting. If they bring in a new coach and a new staff then I will start to get to know them and start that process all over again.
Clearly, Stevens felt secure enough in Miles’ future to decide to commit once again to LSU.
“Playmaker” would be the right word to describe him, and he is a force at multiple positions. He is consistently around the ball and forcing turnovers with impressive hands and has solid power when unleashing hits on defense. He also boasts the height to make catches on fade routes in the red zone and the speed and athleticism to turn underneath routes into game-breaking touchdowns on offense.
Barton Simmons of 247Sports weighed in on Stevens’ talent:
Stevens is a unique prospect that could project to wide receiver or safety at the next level and even linebacker isn’t out of the question. He seems to prefer receiver currently but I see his highest ceiling as a safety. Regardless of where he plays though, Stevens is elite and he showed that on Sunday. He was outstanding as a route-runner and pass-catcher and was a big, physical mismatch. When he took reps on defense, Stevens was equally as dominant.
Recruiting is all about projections for a coaching staff, the actual recruits looking to find the right fit and the prognosticators judging classes. Having someone as versatile as Stevens only increases the chance of projected success at the next level, as he can fill in at a number of positions.
His new team can assess areas of need, Stevens’ overall skill set and how he develops with time in the system and put him in the ideal position to succeed.
Read more SEC Football news on BleacherReport.com
Source: Bleacher Report -SEC Football