Irish offer multi-threat athlete

Notre Dame offered four-star athlete Jacoby Stevens last week, joining a list that includes Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, LSU and Ohio State. The Tennessee receiver/safety is intrigued by Notre Dame’s tradition.

Four-star junior wide receiver Jacoby Stevens first heard from Notre Dame early this spring when the Irish visited Oakland High School in Murfreesboro, Tenn. On Thursday, Stevens landed an offer from the Irish.

“I was told to call them and the coach said he liked my film and that he liked me on the defensive side of the ball. He said they watched it in the defensive recruiting meeting and they liked it and offered me a scholarship,” said Stevens, a 6-foot-2, 190-pound wide receiver/safety. “I’m pretty sure they saw my receiver film in the offensive meeting too but of course the defensive coach is going to talk big about defense.”

Stevens prefers to play wide receiver but is open to a position change if it helps him achieve his dream of playing in the NFL.

Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, LSU, Ohio State, Tennessee and a host of others already had offered Stevens, but he was still impressed to land one from the Irish.

“I was happy because it’s Notre Dame and because of their tradition and what they have done in the past and what they’re doing right now as a whole,” he said. “Their academics and the standards Notre Dame holds for their athletes and students, I think it’s great that they think I deserve an offer to their school.”

Stevens appreciates the early interest from college coaches, but he’s working to stay focused on what helped him to emerge as a national prospect.

“I’m loving it and I’m loving the attention but I’m surrounding myself with people who won’t let that go to my head,” he said. “I’m surrounding myself with people that will keep humbling me to help me reach my goals.”

As of now, Stevens remains open to any school that offers. That should change after his junior season is complete.

“My junior season is coming up so I’m focused on that,” he said. “After my junior season I’m going to start breaking it down and see who I’m going to take more serious than others.”

Stevens hopes to visit a handful of schools this summer including Florida State, USC and possibly Alabama.

As a sophomore, Stevens proved he is among the best on both sides of the ball.

“As a receiver I’m a deep ball threat and in high school you can’t guard me with just one person, people have to guard me in double coverage, and I have a great motor and swagger on offense,” he said. “As a safety, I bring a natural nose for the ball, getting to the ball, and a mean attitude. I’m like a ball hawk. Wherever the ball is is where I am.”

Stevens comes from an athletic family. His father ran track at the University of Louisiana-Monroe and his mother played basketball at St. Peter’s. He also has an uncle and cousin that played football at ULM. His cousin, Orlando Thomas, also played for the Minnesota Vikings.


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