Stevens enjoying his rising recruitment

Tommy Stevens never anticipated such a steady rise in his recruitment.

At the beginning of the season, Tommy Stevens wasn't even the starting quarterback at Decatur Central (Ind.) High School. So what if you would've told him in August that he'd have six scholarship offers by this point?

"My eyes would've flashed," Stevens said. "It's surreal. It's a blessing."

Stevens, a versatile 6-foot-4, 190-pound junior, would become the starter midway through the season and took full advantage of the opportunity. Now, his list of offers includes Purdue, Cincinnati, Indiana, Iowa, Toledo and Western Michigan.

The Boilermakers jumped in with an offer in late December, becoming enamored with the local product. Coach Jon Heacock had led Stevens' recruitment before leaving to Toledo on Saturday, so Gerad Parker has stepped in as the interim recruiter.

Purdue, a program known for its ‘Cradle of Quarterbacks' tradition, is one that has made an impression on Stevens.

"It's a great honor," said Stevens of the Boilermakers' offer. "Seeing the history Purdue has, it would be a great honor just to play football there."

One of Stevens' greatest assets is his versatility. He has played quarterback, running back, receiver, tight end, linebacker and safety, or as he explained, everything but the trenches. Stevens is a kid who just enjoys being on the football field.

"I'm going to do whatever it takes to get me on the field," Stevens said. "I'll play tight end, safety. I love football and want to play football."

But Stevens isn't just a football player. He's in the middle of basketball season with Decatur Central, then that leads right into baseball season. Currently, he mixes in football workouts during free time from school and basketball.

For Stevens, each day is long and exhausting. He's in school at an early hour and home each night around 8:00. Then, it's time for homework.

"It's crazy," Stevens said. "But it's awesome."

With such a busy schedule, recruiting has taken a backseat for Stevens. He still hasn't named any favorites and is attempting to make time for visits during rare free time on the weekends.

Stevens is sure to see his recruitment make a steady rise and will eventually make decisions. For now, he's just seeing out the process.

"I'm taking it slow," he said. "I'm just going to hang tight here. I'm not quite sure when I'll be ready to make a decision or a top-five list. I'm taking it slow. I'm a little new to this."

Chris Emma has covered recruiting, college athletics and professional baseball for FOX Sports Next since 2009. Emma covered the Nebraska Cornhuskers and Northwestern Wildcats, and currently covers the Purdue Boilermakers. A Chicago native, he resides in West Lafayette.
Facebook | Twitter| E-Mail |

Boiler Sports Report Top Stories