California Offensive Lineman Drawing NU Interest

Hemet, CA offensive lineman Tevita Stevens describes himself as an "overpowering and physically dominating" offensive lineman. Why? Because that is the feedback he got when he attended the Varsity Camp at Southern California last month, where he was named "Offensive Lineman MVP" - - an honor that was followed up with a trip to the coaches offices for some personal conversation with USC offensive line coach Tim Davis.

USC was "really interested," and Stevens left camp with an invitation to attend Trojan home games. It is noteworthy that among the linemen that Stevens beat for camp honors was Nick Howell, recently offered a scholarship by the Trojans.

While Stevens was impressed with the interest the Trojans expressed, it is also clear that they are no lock for his services. Other teams that have caught his attention include UCLA, Nebraska, and Oregon. Currently holding offers from UTEP and Idaho, Stevens is also hearing from schools from around the country. One team that has not contacted him, but would be his #1 choice were they to do so is the Florida State Seminoles - - a team he has followed since he was a kid. Stevens stated that he "loves their tradition, they have always been good."

While the ‘Noles haven't been in contact, the Huskers and Ducks certainly have, as those two teams "write the most letters." Nebraska was one of the first schools to show interest, and that interest definitely left an impression on Tevita. Their first letter brought a "Wait a second, this is from Nebraska," and "showed me that I might have a chance at the big time." Being from California, Stevens is keenly aware of the changes that have been made with Bill Callahan taking over the reins in Lincoln. Stevens figures that, "If a coach can take a pro team to the Super Bowl, he can probably take a college team to a championship."

While Stevens feels he is equally adept at both pass and run blocking, he enjoys "getting out and hitting people" while run blocking more. Able to overpower most opponents with his size, he also has been told at both the Trojan camp and the BYU camp that he "has great feet." His team finished 8-2 last season, and this season expects to be in serious contention for the Region 5 championship this season. Already qualified academically with a 4.0 GPA and a SAT score of 1090, Stevens is ready for this season to start.


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