Jalen Stevens Tabs Top Three Early

Coming off of a stellar junior season that ended in a South Carolina State Championship, Goose Creek (SC) outside linebacker Jalen Stevens is ready to start focusing some attention on the recruiting process.

Although Jalen Stevens is still waiting on his first scholarship offer, he has been in contact with a handful of programs since the conclusion of his junior season.

"I talk to Clemson, South Carolina, Georgia Tech, UConn, Alabama, UNC, NC State and a couple of other schools," Stevens told GoJackets.com.

Attracting early attention from some of the top college programs in his region, Stevens has begun making plans to visit certain college campuses. While original plans to make it down to Georgia Tech for the Yellow Jacket's Junior Day appear to have fallen through, Stevens does plan on taking a trip to Atlanta in the near future.

"I think I'm just going on an unofficial visit to Georgia Tech on February 18."

Stevens has developed a nice relationship with the Yellow Jacket coaching staff early in the recruiting process. He is frequent contact with Georgia Tech offensive line coach Mike Sewak, who recently trekked to Goose Creek High School to visit his school.

"He just came by last week and had a good talk with my coach. He just keeps it real with me and let's me know what's up. He keeps checking up on me , emailing me and hitting me up on Facebook, and he wants me to come down next month."

Stevens says that feeling wanted by a college program will play a big factor in his decision, as will the school's proximity to his home. Based on those factors, three schools currently sit ahead of the pack.

"Right now, I have a top three, which is Clemson, Georgia Tech and South Carolina, in no particular order. They are the schools are the ones showing me the most love. The farthest I am going away is probably four hours or less so my parents can come visit me."

As Stevens patiently waits for his first scholarship offer, he will continue to take his time to evaluate the pros and cons of each of the schools on his list. Although circumstances are open to change, Stevens says that he currently plans to announce his decision on National Signing Day in 2013.

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