"I actually made the decision about a week ago," said Stephenson. "When they called on September 1st, I decided to commit. I wanted a clear head when the season started. All along, I wanted to go to a Florida school and Florida is the best one. They are going to help me become a great player. I love the new staff and the campus is beautiful."
Stevenson, now 6-3 and 223 pounds, plays defensive end for Boca Raton (Fla.) Pope John Paul II. In Florida's new defensive scheme, he could play standup defensive end or outside linebacker. Does it matter to Stepehenson?
"It really doesn't because I just want to play and help the team. But after talking with Coach Zook, I kind of see myself more as a standup defensive end at Florida."
Stephenson committed to Florida over Tennessee. Justin Midgett (QB), Jermaine Moreira (Ath), and Clint McMillian (DT) are the three other Gator commitments thus far.