It is not an NCAA academic issue as the 5-10, 210-pound runner is a qualifier, but it reportedly has something to do with a math credit either missing or without a high enough grade to meet the school's admission standards.
"With all do respect my recruitment is official open to any Division One program for the 2015 season," Stevenson said in a tweet shortly after learning of the verdict and that has since been deleted. He has tweeted some other messages showing his steadfast feeling that he will land on his feet, no pun intended.
He has also picked up some Twitter followers that had dropped off after he signed with Wisconsin in February. Three of those follower, as pointed out to me by GoPokes.com subscriber SWOkPoke, are Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy, running backs coach Marcus Arroyo, and assistant recruiting coordinator Mike Groce. I know that the Cowboys staff knew about the news almost immediately after it came out.
Stevenson, who chose Wisconsin over the Cowboys, is a previous commitment to Texas, Nebraska, Alabama, UCLA, and Ohio State. He visited Oklahoma State officially on Jan. 16 after receiving a scholarship offer from the Cowboys on Dec. 29.
As a senior, Stevenson rushed for 2,511 yards and 31 touchdowns on 258 carries and averaged 9.8 yards a carry. He also caught two touchdown passes. In his career he had over 4,600 rushing yards with 50 rushing touchdowns. He is a power back with speed that really excels running between the tackles. He also apparently doesn't hold grudges.
"#Badgernation, Thanks for all the love also all the support through all I have been through. Much love," Stevenson tweeted and that has been left on his Twitter site.
Reports are that Oregon State, Nebraska, and Tennessee have jumped into the early lead for his services this fall. There is another report that Alabama is in pursuit and that he will speak with head coach Nick Saban on Friday night. Other schools have contacted him including Louisville, Texas Tech, Florida, and Pittsburgh.
Oklahoma State has expressed interests, according to our sources, and we have heard that Stevenson has shown interest back to a school that he visited late in the recruiting process.
Oklahoma State fans will be wondering if Stevenson in badly needed for the upcoming season and right now that would not appear to be the case. Our sources and our own two eyes tell us that Rennie Childs has had a tremendous summer in the weight room and on the field. He is in the best shape of his career. Butler C.C. transfer Chris Carson is also having a great summer. Todd Mays is back and healthy and freshman Jeff Carr has put on 10 to 15 pounds of muscle and will be ready to compete for a piece of the running back depth chart as well.
I would there is a chance that Stevenson winds up at OSU. Earlier in the day I thought a very slim chance and now I would say it is more in the neighborhood of 20 percent, but the situation is moving very fast. As you could imagine, Stevenson is very eager to find a new college home following the disappointment of Thursday.