PSU Early Enrollee Profile: Tommy Stevens

Get to know the new quarterback, who has already been dubbed “Sunshine” in Happy Valley.

Penn State freshman quarterback Tommy Stevens wasted little time proving he is poised under pressure.

At the program's Signature Event at Rec Hall last week, Stevens was one of three early enrollees to take the stage before the crowd and answer questions from head coach James Franklin.

While explaining why he picked PSU, Stevens deftly gave a shout-out to the fans.

“The thing that separated Penn State from all the other schools was definitely the people,” he said. “You guys (the fans) make that possible with all the support you bring. There's not a place like this place.”

Then, with a nudge from Franklin, the Indianapolis native decided to introduce his family, who made the long drive to Happy Valley to be on hand for the event.

As the crowd cheered, he introduced his dad, younger sister, younger brother, younger cousin and mom, who were all sitting in the stands.

You can get to know Stevens a bit in the video above.

In the meantime, later in the event, Franklin gave a breakdown of the new quarterback. He said Stevens reported to PSU at 6-foot-4, 186 pounds in early January.

“By eating every power bar in the weight room, he's already 200 pounds right now,” the coach noted.

The coach also said Stevens has already been dubbed "Sunshine," as his long blonde hair calls to mind the locks of the QB in the movie "Remember the Titans."

In film breakdown, Franklin praised Stevens as “an exciting player. You're talking about a guy who is 6-4, 200 pounds. Can hurt you with his arm, can hurt you with his mind, can hurt you with his feet. … He took his high school program (Decatur Central), put it on his back, won a bunch of games. He made that program respected in the state of Indiana.”

Steven's reputation as a football player — and not just as a quarterback — prompted Penn State to offer him a scholarship during the season. He ultimately flipped his commitment from Indiana.

“You're talking about a guy who played running back growing up, has played receiver,” Franklin said. “He made All-State as a defensive back this year, as well. He's an exciting player that you guys are gonna enjoy watching for years to come. … We were fortunate enough to swing him in our direction.

“You're talking about a true athlete who has the ability to play quarterback and be a threat in so many ways,” the coach added.

Landing a quarterback in this class was vital since there had been only two scholarship passers on the roster. Getting him on campus this semester was a bonus.

“The fact that he's gonna be able to train this spring behind (Christian) Hackenberg and Trace McSorley is gonna be invaluable for him,” Franklin said.

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