Athletic 6-2, 210 Craig Stevens from Lincoln High had already visited Maryland and Alabama before taking a trip to check out Tommy Tuberville's program. After seeing it in person Stevens says that it couldn't have gone much better.
"I really liked it," Stevens tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "All of the players showed me a lot of love. I felt real comfortable there. I liked it.
"It (Auburn) is pretty good right now," he adds on where the Tigers stand. "I would say that Auburn is pretty high right now. I just like the family atmosphere they have. All of the players are very close. I would give the visit a 9 1/2 (out of 10)."
Auburn's senior linebackers Antarrious Williams and Travis Williams served as his player host. Stevens got the royal treatment for a linebacker by having the two most experienced position players showing him around. He says that having the chance to spend time with them was one of the highlights of the trip.
"First I had A.T. and then Saturday night I had Travis," Stevens says. "Both of them are real cool. They are so down to earth. I just liked them."
Unlike most official visits, taking one in December allows a prospect to check out practice and spend plenty of time with the players and coaches. That is something that Stevens says was one of the benefits of the weekend and one of his favorite parts of the trip.
"Practice was real intense and they have fun when they practice," Stevens says. "It was just like high school. I liked that."
With three visits already in the books Stevens says that he still has trips to UCLA on Jan. 21 and Clemson on Jan. 14 to take before making a final decision, but the Tigers will be in the hunt until the end.
A three-year starter for one of Florida's top schools, Stevens made 120 tackles as a senior 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 for the year.