Toshmon Stevens talks Syracuse

Like most teams, the Orange are looking for that speed rush end that will cause havoc in the opponents backfield. Stevens is one target that could fill that bill.

It's not an easy task getting an updated school list from Crescent City (Fla.) defensive end Toshmon Stevens – not because Stevens is trying to hide anything, but rather, there are so many schools chasing him.

"It's about thirteen deep, I think," said Stevens a 6-foot-4, 205-pound three-star prospect. "I'm giving everybody an equal chance."

One of those schools is Syracuse, which has been recruiting him for a while. Assistant coach Chris Wiesehan is recruiting the pass rusher.

"I think it's a school where, if I go there, I'll be able to play early and make a difference in their program," Stevens said.

Stevens has not been to SU yet but plans to make it sometime during the school year. His family has an upcoming trip up North during which he'll check out North Carolina, South Carolina and possibly Clemson and Virginia Tech. He's also being recruited by, among others: South Florida, Mississippi State, N.C. State, Colorado and Central Florida.

So what is he looking for in a college?

"Just a place where I'll be learn and study without [distractions] and feel comfortable as a player and a student," he said.

Stevens is focused this summer on adding some strength and bulk to his athletic frame. Last year he recorded 38 tackles and eight sacks, though we had to look it up; he didn't know what his stats were.

"Our coaches don't let us know that because they want us to focus on the next game instead of hanging onto the past," he said. "I think it's right, because if you're looking at the past, you won't be able to move on and keep improving as a player."

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