Rutgers Offers DE Stevens

Montclair (N.J.) defensive end Austin Stevens is the latest in-state recipient of a Rutgers scholarship offer. Learning of an offer today via his head coach, Stevens spoke with about the significance of a Rutgers offer and what it means for his recruitment.

With Maryland at Montclair (N.J.) today to evaluate defensive end Austin Stevens, the 2013 prospect had hopes of a scholarship offer today but it came from a surprise place.

Meeting with Montclair head coach John Fiori in his office, Stevens learned that he had a verbal scholarship offer to Rutgers.

"It's pretty exciting," Stevens said. "My initial reaction was just, ‘that's great.' It's a good school. I really like it a lot. Obviously my boy Julian [Pinnix-Odrick] is up there. It's a good program."

Stevens, who also holds an offer from UMass and heavy interest from Maryland and Miami, has Rutgers on top early in the process.

"Hopefully this will get the ball rolling," Stevens said. "I'll definitely keep Rutgers at the top of the board, but it's good. It's a pretty big deal for me."

Stevens is close with Pinnix-Odrick, a red-shirt freshman in the program.

"He's had nothing but good things to say about Rutgers," Stevens said. "He said [defensive line coach Jim Panagos] is the best. He absolutely loves the program. The team is a family. Each guy has your back and they're going to the Big Ten. I love that about them too."

A visitor for Rutgers junior day, Stevens said the focus on the Big Ten has him excited about the future of the program.

"It's awesome to have a Big Ten offer," Stevens said.

Stevens has no time table for a decision and said he is interested in camps at Penn State, Maryland, Rutgers, Michigan State and Nebraska. He camped at Rutgers as a junior at tight end, but is now being recruited exclusively as a defensive end.

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