LSU defensive back commit Jacoby Stevens is playing on the other side of the ball at wide receiver for the Under Armour All-America Game in Orlando, Florida, but he's just honored to be in this game.
Mr. Football in Tennessee this year has been using this week to recruit players like five-star defensive tackle target Marvin Wilson to the Tigers. He said it's a coordinated effort that will hopefully result in the No. 1 defensive tackle in the country landing in Baton Rouge.
"I think Austin (Deculus) he wants him. I know he's on the opposite side of the ball. Kary does a good job recruiting. I sit back, but if I see him, I'll talk to him," Stevens said. "If I have him and Tyler in the interior, Patrick Queen at linebacker, me and Grant at safety and Kary at corner, I wouldn't want to play that defense."
After the Under Armour game, Stevens will visit Crowley, Louisiana to see family before starting school in Baton Rouge in January. LSU signing Corey Raymond sealed Stevens to LSU.
"I told LSU if Corey Raymond was there, I'm going to go. When they signed him, that was a done deal for me," Stevens said. "After I texted coach Ansley, he respected my choice. After Corey Raymond signed his contract, they still tried to get me to come over. I just told them no."
On Thursday, Stevens was named one of Scout's top performers from Team Armour for his play. Stevens said it was just about being more comfortable than he was on Wednesday. http://www.scout.com/college/football/recruiting/story/1741544-ua-game-d...
“I think I did good since I’m playing a position I’m not going to play in college. I won all my 1-on-1s,” Stevens said. “Every ball that came to me, I pretty much caught. A lot better than yesterday.”
While LSU safety commit Grant Delpit and target Todd Harris are on Team Armour's defense, Stevens finds himself going against LSU four-star defensive back commit Kary Vincent, Jr.
“He’s a really good corner. I’m glad that he’s on my team. I think that’s the only corner I struggle with. Everybody else, they’re talented and very good, but Kary is the only one I struggle with because he’s so good.
“He’s athletic and quick. Everybody knows about his speed. He has all the tools to be a good corner.”
After this week of toying around on the offensive side of the ball, his days as a receiver might not be done. LSU's new offensive coordinator Matt Canada has already reached out about creating some packages.
“When I found about him being hired, coach Canada called me and said he wants me to be in some packages like I was today,” Stevens said. “Jet sweeps and stuff like that to get the ball in my hands.”
Stevens added that he could end up like another college football star that plays on both sides of the ball.
“Hopefully, I can be like Jabrill Peppers except win the Heisman.”