Tony Stevens has impressive length at 6'3 with long arms. He is a LOOSE athlete with the speed to run past defenders and get down the field. A current player with a similar skill set is Rodney Smith. Smith played sparingly as a freshmen(no red-shirt), but has 67 catches for 1,009 yards and seven TDs the past two years (averaging 15 a catch).
Smith does stand 6'5, but he is not the fluid athlete in space that Stevens is. Stevens shows the ability to make defenders miss and explode past them, Smith's speed really comes after 10 yards where he can open up his long stride. Both players were/are on the raw side in terms of skill; in fact it is eerily similar the types of routes they were asked to run in high school---almost dead on. Despite being smaller, Stevens is the more physical player, from what we have seen this is a prospect that likes contact. He is a willing blocker in the run game and actually displays some 'plus' potential there.
Stevens upside comes from the belief that as he picks up the finer points of the position, he can be a better all around receiver to Smith. We think that is very possible. Coach Jimbo Fisher loves size, length, and speed; Stevens possesses all three.
One knock on Stevens is that he is very lean and does not have the ideal frame that Smith possesses. Stevens is a bit more narrow through the shoulders and we don't expect him to be 205+. Stevens will need to spend some time in the weight room to reach his ceiling.
Scout.com has ranked Stevens as a four-star and no. 24 WR in the country. He is the no. 3 wide receiver in Florida. In terms of ultimate ceiling Stevens could be a first day pick in the NFL draft down the road. There is a lot of work to be done to get there, but he starts the process from a position of having the skill-set to succeed.
Where he Fits: Florida State only signed one wide receiver in the 2012 class (Marvin Bracy). At 5'9, Bracy has world class speed and is thought to be more of a slot receiver/returner than a no. 1 type. IE- these two receivers are quite different.
Joining Stevens in the class is Columbus's Jesus Wilson. At 5'10 Wilson is also thought to be more of a slot receiver and while he does not have Bracy's WORLD class speed----this kid can run. There is some chance that Wilson ends up at cornerback down the road. It is generally thought that FSU will try to add a third receiver to the class and there is little question that Stacy Coley (6'1) sits on top of the board. Isaiah Jones (6'3), Alvin Bailey (5'10), Dominic Walker (6'1.5), and Kermit Whitfield (5'8) are other Florida receivers that have a chance to end up this class. We feel Jones size is a good fit in the class, but there is some question if he has the speed.
Florida State is absolutely loaded at wide receiver in 2012. No fewer than five players could lead the team in receiving (Rashad Greene, Smith, Willie Haulstead, Christian Green, Kelvin Benjamin) and there is even more depth with Kenny Shaw, Jarred Haggins, and Greg Dent.
The depth chart will start to thin after the 2012 campaign with Smith graduating and Haulstead likely to head to the NFL with a great season (missed 2011 with a concussion). Christian Green is also draft eligible and he showed signs of REALLY breaking out last year. After the 2013 season, almost everyone could be gone.
From our chair it looks like Stevens will have a legit shot at starting in the 2014 season. Benjamin, Bracy, and perhaps Rashad Greene (if he is not three and out) would be all that is left from the current group and Stevens has the tools to set himself up as the big-play outside threat.