Tampa WR Visitng This Weekend

Though he's already listed as a soft commitment to the University of Kentucky, Tampa receiver Darrell Stevens says don't count on him materializing in Lexington until he's had a chance to take one last visit – to Duke. TDD spoke with the talented speedster recently to get an update on where he stands with his decision.

"I'm going to Duke and after I get home I'll either make it final with Kentucky or I'll be committed to Duke," said Darrell Stevens. "I've gotten to know the Duke coaching staff really well and they think they'll be able to change my mind about things. I'm going to head up there and see if that's the case."

After flying under the radar for much of his underclassman career, Stevens emerged as one of the Tampa area's top playmakers in 2005. He spent the last two years racking up 40 plus catches and over 800 yards per season for the Knights.

Those statistics in one of Florida's most competitive areas along with his above average speed had schools such as Kentucky, Iowa State, Duke, UAB, and South Florida. Eventually he narrowed his list to first three, and then to just Duke and Kentucky with the Wildcats in the driver's seat for now. Still, he's not closing the door on a commitment switch to the Blue Devils.

"I talk to Coach Spencer a lot, and we're pretty tight. They know they got in a little late, but they've gotten me curious about Duke and I'm going to see what they have to offer. Coach Spencer has me really expecting great things up at Duke."

One advantage Stevens sees in Durham is the educational opportunities, but that's not going to be the only factor in a decision that will be made on more than a year's worth of information.

"Education at Duke is something you just have to look at. If this was only about education, I'd have already committed to Duke. This is also about football, and the kind of relationship I have with the people in the program. I felt very good at Kentucky, but I haven't been to Duke yet, and I like their coaches from what I've seen. Now I've got a chance to go up there and really see things."

Stevens checks in at just over six feet tall, and 180 pounds. He has been clocked with a 4.5 forty time. He is considered a two star prospect by Scout.com


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