'Cats Lead For OOS Defensive Back

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State continues to evaluate and unearth players from across the country they feel can hope the program and have targeted North Carolina Defensive Back Michael Stevens. Stevens is Set To Visit Manhattan and has the 'Cats high on his list.

Michael Stevens plays with Will Grier, one of the top quarterbacks in the 2014 class, at Davidson Day School in the Charlotte, N.C. area. Grier caught the early recruiting attention but after making his commitment to Florida last December, everyone at the school near Davidson College is anticipating where Stevens will be college bound. They may not have to wait long for their answer.

"Right now I have Kansas State as my top school," Stevens said to KStateFans.com. "I have a great relationship with Coach (Andre) Coleman. Ever since they started recruiting me in the spring, we've established a close relationship. He's always been honest with me instead of telling me what I want to hear and made me feel like part of the family. He tells me they want me up there and I'm going to be visiting on July 27th.

"Coach Coleman likes my size, athleticism and versatility, and believes I'd make a good corner in their secondary."

Stevens made five interceptions with 71 tackles for a Davidson Day team that won a North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association Division state title. He's being recruited by in-state schools like UNC, N.C. State, Wake Forest, and ECU, but may make his way west if things go well in Manhattan later this month.

"I'm going back to UNC this weekend and may be going back to N.C. State again soon," said the 5-foot-11, 185-pound defensive back. "I'm going to camp at [Georgia] Tech. I'd like to make my decision before the start of my senior year to have it behind me.

"I like some of the in-state schools like N.C. State, but Kansas State is strong with me. I'm looking for a good family environment, top-of-the-line facilities, and to be a part of a winning team and they seem to have all of those things going for them. In the end, I want to do what feels right and what's best for me."

Stevens could also play wide receiver in college. He caught 23 balls from Grier last year (six for touchdowns) for 337 yards. He reports a best forty tome of 4.47 and a best of 10.9 in the 100 meter dash.

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