Toshmon Stevens was one of the top defensive players in Florida this year. The 6'6" 210 pound athlete was a dominating force for his Crescent City High team that was upset early in the playoffs. Stevens took his official visit to Florida State last weekend, and he told NoleDigest that he came away very impressed. He said, "It was nice. The visit was what I expected it to be and more. To me it really felt like home. I had a good time, and my parents had a good time."
One of the players that Toshmon had bonded with early in the recruiting process was 3-star linebacker Vince Williams. Williams enrolled early at FSU and has hosted recruits the past few weeks. He was Stevens' host, and the two had a good time together. "Vincent was my host. I've known him since the summer from the camps and all. I didn't know he was enrolled already. He showed me a good time. I really liked how things were so close together in Tallahassee," stated Stevens.
Like many other prospects Toshmon spent a lot of his time meeting with the coaches. One topic of discussion was the playing time available due to the suspensions. He was told my Coach Allen the requirements he was looking for from Stevens as he may see playing time next year. He said, "Throughout the meetings we had visits. They were telling me the things I needed to do. Coach Allen talked to me about playing defensive end when I get there, which is what I was hoping for. He was telling it's a great time to come in and play in those first 3 games. He told me they'd get me in and see what its like. If I do well they'll keep me in the rotation. If I don't they will redshirt me, which is okay too."
Going along with the theme of meeting with the coaches, Toshmon told NoleDigest that his meeting with Bobby Bowden was a great time, saying, "Bowden was telling me what to expect, as he expects his players to work hard. I feel like I hit the lottery playing defensive end at FSU. I get a chance to come in and play immediately in the first 3 games. If they do redshirt me I'll be okay because it will give me time to work harder, hit the weights, get faster and become more conditioned."
Toshmon says that many things stood out to him on his visit, but the highlight may have been getting a chance to hold the National Championship trophies. "The visit reaffirmed to me that my decision was right. The thing that stood out to me was they let us hold the National Championship balls they show on television. There many players in college who'll never get a chance to even see one of those up close like that. I was holding it imagining what it's like to win one. I have a feeling with the class we have we can do it at FSU," expressed Stevens.
With his visit out of the way and Signing Day around the corner, Stevens is focused on working out and getting focused to get it done at Florida State. He said, "I've gotten faster, and my mom tells me I'm in another growth spurt. I just want add some weight. I'm excited to get to FSU. I have 10 days off after I graduate in June then I'll coming to Tallahassee to get it going."
Stay tuned to NoleDigest for further updates with Toshmon and the rest of the 2008 recruiting class.