DE Stevens "Gets It"

Toshman Stevens was recently offered by USF. He's a 6'5 pass-rusher from Crescent City, who has offers from South Carolina, NCST, UCF and more. However there is much more than football that makes Stevens a coveted recruit. Read on to find out what Stevens told

Every once in a while a prospect comes around who "gets it", there are so many talented recruits who blow their big chance because they don't understand the magnitude of the opportunity that lies before them. Toshman Stevens gets it. The 6-5, 195 pound defensive end from Crescent City High School knows he has the physical talent to make it on the college level, but he also knows that on-field talent can be taken away on any given play.

"I'm working hard this offseason working out, running track. I'm also getting my GPA to a 3.0, I'll be there by the end of this quarter." Stevens added, "I will have a 3.0 and I plan to graduate with honors or high honors."

Academics if the biggest factor in Stevens' decision. He's only a junior, but he knows he wants to be a criminology major and the program he chooses will be judged by their football program and their academics, especially in the criminology field.

On the recruiting side Stevens is starting to gather offers. He has SC, NCST, UCF, Purdue, Miss St, Arizona St and most recently USF.

"I got my USF offer a few days ago." Adding, "Coach Douglas offered me, but he's been in contact with me for a while. We text and talk but I haven't met him yet."

Right now Toshman is taking things slow, he's collecting the offers and by the end of summer he'll start to narrow it down.

"I want to see what's out there, then by the time my season starts, come up with a top 5 and make my decision in late December/January after I take a couple visits."

When asked what style pass rusher he is and who he would compare himself to, Toshman replied:

"I don't compare myself to anyone. When you start doing that you'll settle for second best. I want to be the best, I'll let other people decide who I play like."

Powerful words for someone entering their senior year of high school. He may not have the hype or glow of other more high profile recruits, but colleges will know exactly what they are getting from a player like this. They'll know he's going to work hard, set an example and stay eligible for 4 years. South Florida recently offered, expect them to make a hard push for a recruit like this. They already know discipline pays off, just look at George Selvie.

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