2014 recruit: Mike Stevens

Davidson Day (N.C.) defensive back/wide receiver Mike Stevens saw his recruitment gain momentum after a big junior season. Inside ECU Sports spoke with him about his offer from East Carolina.

Davidson Day (N.C.) defensive back Mike Stevens has five offers to his name. His offer from East Carolina came on the same day another school extended an offer.

"It was the day I got an offer from UNC Charlotte," he said. "My coach texted me about the Charlotte one and then he called and told me I got my second offer of the day from ECU. It was from inside receivers Coach Donnie Kirkpatrick, he talked to my coach and I called him the next day. He loved my play on both sides of the ball and said they could use me at cornerback. That's the position he offered me at, and he also talked about my athleticism."

Before he received his offer from ECU, Stevens knew a little bit about the Pirate Nation. He said he has a friend who attends ECU now and has heard great things about the coaching staff.

Stevens has already been to campus, he attended a camp last summer.

"It gave me a little bit of an idea, but I didn't see all I wanted," he said. "I saw the stadium and it was nice, but the coaches said they're planning to get me out there for a game. I'm definitely going to, but haven't thought of which one yet."

Kentucky, Kansas State, NC State, Duke, Michigan, Miami, UNC Chapel Hill, and UNC Charlotte have all shown interest in Stevens. He believes the triangle area teams could be the next to offer.

"I'd say N.C. State could be the next offer for me," Stevens said. "After that Chapel Hill could follow, but I've been hearing it from N.C. State the most."

Kentucky led the way in Stevens's interests after they offered him. Since then, ECU has made their way into his top three.

"ECU, Kansas State and Kentucky are my top three," he said. ‘I like how ECU is an in-state school and I have a lot of friends going there, the defensive back coach (Rick Smith) seems down to earth and they want me there. I like Kentucky because I believe they're on the rise with coach (Mark) Stoops and the defensive backs coach was a nice guy and seemed interested. Kansas State I plan on visiting soon, I love their fan base."

Stevens played on both sides of the ball at cornerback and wide receiver. He finished his junior season with 22 catches for 314 yards and six touchdowns. Defensively, he had 27 tackles, five interceptions, seven pass breakups, a fumble recovery and blocked a field goal.

Defensive back will be the position Stevens plays at the next level and he's fine with that.

"I like to play defensive back more, it's in my blood," he said. "I play wide receiver because Davidson Day likes depth at that position. Cornerback is my first love, that's what every college I've received offers from wants me to play. I could play corner or safety at the next level, based on what schools want."

The rest of the summer will be filled with visits for this recruit.

"I'm taking a visit to N.C. State before summer is over," Stevens said. "I'm visiting Kansas State on July 27th and Wake Forest is showing interest so I may go there July 13th. I'm trying to go with my school to a camp at ECU at some point and UNC Chapel Hill wants me to visit in July as well."

Stevens has a good idea for when he'll make his commitment for a school.

"I talked with my parents about it," he said. "I think I'll commit toward the end of summer or right before the first game of the season. When I commit it will be a hard commit and I won't second guess it. I want the weight off my shoulders so I can focus on winning another state championship with my team."

Stevens also went on to say he will graduate with his class on time and won't early enroll at the school he chooses.

The Pirates are in the running to get this talented defensive back, but other schools are making their case. Stevens holds offers from Georgia State, Kansas State, Kentucky, UNC-Charlotte and ECU. One of these schools could have his commitment come fall 2013, barring any of the ACC schools getting involved.

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