Should Stevens sign with Carson-Newman, however, he would be immediately eligible. The Eagles have been recruiting him since his sophomore year of high school and reportedly offered Stevens a scholarship during his junior year.
Speculation on radio and message boards has Stevens signing with Carson-Newman instead of Tennessee. Rocky Top News profiled Stevens in its December issue, but our calls to Fulton High School's athletics offices were not returned.
If Stevens reneges, UT's linebacker haul will be reduced to James Turner (Augusta, Ark.) and Jerod Mayo (Hampton, Va.). As Signing Day approaches, however, the Vols were still in the hunt for three LBs -- Robert Ayers (Bennettsville, S.C.), Brian Toal (Wyckoff, N.J.) and Keith Boykins (Lovejoy, Ga.).