New 4-star LSU commit JaCoby Stevens lives in Tennessee but calls himself a Louisianan

JaCoby Stevens may not live in the state, but he's still a Louisianan

Jacoby Stevens is going home — at least that's how he looks at it.

The 2017 four-star prospect committed to LSU on Wednesday, and though he lives in Tennessee, Louisiana is where he belongs. Stevens has strong family ties to the state, and that played a big reason why he committed to the Tigers.

Both of Stevens' parents are from Crowley, La. His father went on to high jump at Louisiana-Monroe, and his mother was also a collegiate athlete. Stevens said almost his entire family still lives in Louisiana, so he'd visit often as a kid, spending most of his summers with them.

"Everyone lives down there except my uncles and a couple of cousins," Stevens said. "That's why I consider myself a Louisianan."

Stevens was last down here this past summer, but he's made several trips to Baton Rouge since LSU began recruiting him.

The Tigers first offered him in the spring of 2014, after his freshman season. LSU was the school he grew up loving, so the Tigers immediately jumped to the top of his list. They stayed there over the next year and a half.

Stevens was finally ready to make the call on Wednesday.

"It just felt right," Stevens said. "I've always loved LSU, and I was just ready to finally commit to them. It's a home away from home. LSU is strong academically and of course athletically, and the atmosphere is just great."

Stevens is a four-star wide receiver, according to SCOUT. LSU will take his commitment as an athlete though, likely to end up as a safety. But LSU also envisions him having a role similar to current corner Donte Jackson, who returns kicks and even gets some snaps on offense.

That's the perfect fit for Stevens, who grew up idolizing both Eric Reid, because of "the way he just plays its crazy," and Rueben Randle, who "is so smooth and so athletic."

LSU defensive coordinator Kevin Steele was Stevens' primary recruiter. He also got some help from defensive backs coach Corey Raymond and personnel director Austin Thomas, who has ties to Tennessee. 

Stevens spoke with all of them Wednesday morning when he made his commitment. 

"They were just as excited as I was," Stevens said. "Coach Steele is an awesome guy, and they all were just saying they can't wait to get me down there."

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