"Something About Auburn," Prospect Likes

This heavily recruited prospect says that he will be checking out the Auburn campus this weekend on his official visit.

Tallahassee, Fla.--A linebacker with a nose for the football and offers from across the country says he is looking forward to checking out the Tigers this weekend on an official visit.

Craig Stevens, a 6-2, 210-pound senior from Lincoln High School, will make Auburn the third stop on his planned five official visits after checking out the Alabama Crimson Tide last weekend.

This weekend's visit will be his first to the Plains, he says. "I didn't get a chance to go there for a game or to camp," he says.

Commenting on his interest in the Tigers, he says, "I know they are losing a couple of linebackers (seniors Antarrious Williams and Travis Williams). I think I would have a good chance to coming in and playing. Auburn has a winning tradition and there is something about Auburn I like."

As a senior he made 120 tackles including 22 in his final game, a second round loss in the state playoffs. His career high came as a junior when he had 25 tackles vs. Madison and a team-leading 140 stops.

Stevens says he first broke into the starting lineup as a sophomore when he moved from linebacker to defensive end, but has been back at linebacker the past two seasons. He says he believes that is where he will stay at the next level, but isn't sure which linebacker spot will be his position in college. "I play all three linebacker positions," he says. "It doesn't matter to me.

"We played everything on defense," he adds. "We changed it up every week. Sometimes I played weakside linebacker on a 5-2, sometimes I played strongside."

He says that he liked his first two visits to Maryland and Alabama, but adds that it is too early to have a leader. "Everybody is really even right now," he tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "I like Auburn, Alabama, UCLA, Maryland and either Clemson or Tennessee." He is scheduled to visit UCLA on Jan. 21 and will visit either the Vols or Clemson a week earlier.

Commenting on his trip to check out the Tide, he says, "I liked it. It was pretty cool. All of the players are real tight. One of my former teammates plays for Alabama--Cole Harvey."

Stevens also plans to compete on the school weight lifting team. He says he set the Lincoln clean and jerk record as a junior for his weight class at 285 pounds and notes he did a 330 bench in competition. In the spring he says he will probably run sprints on the track team to work on his speed.

"My best 40 is a 4.48 and that was hand-timed when I was a junior," he notes.

Off the field of competition, he is a competitive, too. "I have been on the ‘A' honor roll ever since I have been at Lincoln," he says.

On the field Stevens says that he isn't sure how to describe his style of play, but notes, "I guess you could say I am always getting to the ball wherever it is."

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