Hoosiers Well Positioned For DE Stevens

Pennsylvania defensive end Jordan Stevens isn't ready to call Bloomington home just yet, but he felt like he could fit in quite nicely during a recent official visit to IU campus.

Pennsylvania defensive end Jordan Stevens isn't ready to call Bloomington home just yet, but he felt like he could fit in quite nicely during a recent official visit to IU campus.

The 6-3, 225-pounder from Monroeville (Penn.) Gateway H.S. made his official visit to IU Nov. 4-6, taking in Indiana's game against Minnesota. It was the second official visit for the two-star recruit, following a trip to Kentucky earlier this fall.

While Stevens still has an official visit to Miami (Ohio) this weekend and also is contemplating making trips to Michigan State and Illinois as well, Indiana appears to have moved to the forefront in the chase for his services.

"They made me feel like it was a home away from home when I went there," said Stevens, who said he has offers from all five schools.

That's good news for the IU coaching staff, which still wants to add 1-2 defensive linemen in this year's recruiting class. Stevens is coming off a very productive senior season, having totaled 95 tackles and 11 sacks for a Gateway H.S. team that went 7-4 and advanced to the quarterfinals of the Pennsylvania Class AAAA state playoffs.

Stevens said the coaching staff talked about the opportunities he'd have in an IU uniform, which could include early playing time.

"They said I'd play early because both of their defensive ends are seniors, and both of the backups are freshmen," said Stevens. "So they said it would be a toss up."

The opportunity to play early, though, wasn't the only thing that appealed to Stevens. He said he came away impressed with just about everything that the program had to offer.

"The facilities are great, and the players are outstanding," said Stevens, who was hosted by IU freshman defensive end Neal Jones on his visit. "The coaching staff is really good. I liked everything about it up there."

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