Stevens: "It's A Dream Come True"

Davidson Day (NC) cornerback Mike Stevens made a decision prior to his senior season to end his college recruitment. He was going to be a Kansas State Wildcat.

Davidson Day (NC) cornerback Mike Stevens made a decision prior to his senior season to end his college recruitment. He was going to be a Kansas State Wildcat.

"It wasn't going to happen for sure at the time, but Kansas State was recruiting me really hard," said Stevens. "I went up there for a day camp, and I liked it a lot. They showed me a lot of love... that was nice. I liked it up there so I committed."

Stevens also held offers from East Carolina and Kentucky when he made his decision, but he was also being recruited by NC State, a program that he had been following for a while.

"I remember telling myself in the eighth grade that I would end up playing for NC State," said Stevens. "I liked going to see the campus, and I have a lot of mentors that went there.

"I've always liked them... I look up to David Amerson. The first time I went to a game there I saw him play, him and guys like Earl Wolff. I fell in love with playing in the secondary there."

Stevens had a standout senior season for Davidson Day, as he totaled 39 tackles and three interceptions. He also lined up at wide receiver, finishing the year with 66 catches for 1,344 yards and 18 touchdowns.

He remained in contact with his recruiting coach for the Wolfpack, Eddie Faulkner, even after committing to the Wildcats.

"They weren't heavily involved at the time I committed, they hadn't offered me, but during the season I was talking with coach Falkner more about it," said Stevens. "He was wanting me to get the offer... we were talking about it."

Late in December it became apparent that NC State was close to offering, and Stevens said they made it official last Monday. He quickly accepted the scholarship offer from the Wolfpack.

"It's a dream come true," he added. "I was talking with coach Doeren, and he said they had four cornerbacks on scholarship. He likes my film a lot and how I attack the ball. He wanted me to be a part of the Wolfpack.

"He and coach Faulkner have been talking about how I have really good size and they think physically I'm there. I just need to come in and work."

Stevens had to notify the Kansas State coaching staff of his decision.

"I called the Kansas State coaches before I committed to State," he said. "I called my recruiting coach. He said he understood where I was coming from even though he wanted me to go out to Kansas State."

Stevens, who checks in at 5-foot-11 and 185 pounds, said nearly every school recruiting him wanted him to play cornerback. North Carolina was the only school that had recruited him to play wideout, despite his prolific prep numbers.

"I don't want to play receiver," he stated. "I like the confidence needed at corner. You have to play on an island and make big plays one-on-one. I also like to come up and hit."

Next up for Stevens is his NC State official visit. He will be taking his trip to Raleigh on January 24th, where he hopes to meet some other members of the Wolfpack's recruiting class.

"I'm really excited about it," he said. "I've been following the PACK14 on Twitter. That's huge... that's a big thing. There are already a lot of players from our state committed, and a lot of them are from around Charlotte like me. That feels good to have your friends at home with you.

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