BREAKING NEWS: RB to Beavs, sight unseen

HE HASN'T YET taken his official visit to Corvallis or been on the Oregon State campus. No matter, says the Arizona running back, he's a Beaver. Credit a consistent OSU recruiting effort over the course of the year. Credit the Beavs' program and history of producing great running backs. And, says's Jason Jewell, credit assistant Mike Cavanaugh and the OSU staff with an eye for talent.

"Yes sir, I committed to Oregon State," said Jovan Stevenson, who said he made his verbal pledge some time ago. "I committed to them sight unseen because I know they're a good program, because they produce good running backs. And they're in the Pac-10 where I want to stay.

"It feels like it will be a good place for me."

Cavanaugh ran the recruiting point on Stevenson for Oregon State, he said, making a strong impression from the get go and showing him "the love".

"I'm really solid on Oregon State. I told them if they want me to go, I'll go, I'll commit. I'm just waiting for that bus ride up there, that train ticket up there, whatever," Stevenson laughed. "Hopefully, I just want to say that the best is yet to come."

Stevenson checks in at 5-11 and 190 pounds, with a 40 time of 4.5.

Out of Sunnyside High in Tucson, Stevenson has rushed for 1,075 yards on only 103 carries this season, an average of 10.44 yards. He has 10 rushing touchdowns and 17 total on the year. He is also the team's leading receiver, with 17 catches for 478 yards and six TDs.

"Jovan may be Arizona's most under-rated back," says Jason Jewell, Southwest Recruiting Analyst.

"With Covaughn Deboskie, Ray Polk and Jamal Womble getting a lot of the publicity, Stevenson has still managed to shine. He is a back that can do a lot of things; he can run with power, catch out of the backfield and get to the edge. He is also a great student with good character.

"Oregon State is getting a steal."

Sunnyside coach Richard Sanchez told the Arizona Daily Star Stevenson's all-around play-making talent has helped move the offense into rarified air.

"He's a threat out there, and they're going to have to cover him," the newspaper quotes Sanchez. "We've got a pretty good running game and have a lot of threats on offense."

Stevenson says it's all about the playoffs right now, and any success he has had also belongs to the hosses up front.

"It's going good right now, we're in the playoffs so we have to take it one game at a time now. I want to thank my line for everything -- for all my four years and the great high school experience," said Stevenson.

That experience includes a state title game. One of the top juniors in the state last season according to, Stevenson racked up 1,863 yards and 14 TDs in leading Sunnyside to the 5A2 state championship game. For his efforts, he was a first team all state selection.

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