Dallas South Oak Cliff running back Jordan Stevenson hit the 40 Acres Saturday with some specific goals in mind.
"I'm just coming down here trying to get an understanding of all the new recruits and where they're trying to go with this program," Stevenson said. "I'm also trying to excel in my game and becoming a better person, and a better man of God everyday. That's the main goal."
The main goal of the Texas staff was likely to firm up the commitment of one of the state's most talented runners, a player who recently pulled in an Alabama offer. And it appears to have worked, with Stevenson calling himself "strongly committed" afterward.
"I'm just now starting to build a bond with these guys," Stevenson said. "They're a great group of coaches. They have a great mindset and I understand where they're trying to go with this program. They have a great vision on what they want to do within this next year, and their goal is to win now and not rebuild. I'm really compatible towards that."
Indeed, Texas and Stevenson appear to be an ideal marriage, with Strong preaching toughness and getting better every day, something that Stevenson said he's familiar with.
"Taking what's good and making it great every step of the way, that's how you get better," Stevenson said. "Understanding the small things and making them better things, and also understanding where I need to be by next year."
Stevenson ranks as one of the top running backs in a loaded 2015 in-state class, though he said his goal was to finish as the no-doubt No. 1 back.
"The way I look at that, you've just got to be self driven," Stevenson said. "If you're self-driven, anything's bound to happen. Understand your faith and believe in yourself at the end of the day and that's what it's all going to boil down to. Because like I said, I believe in myself, I understand what I want to do, and I'm going to make it happen.
"That's the way I think and that's the way I operate and understanding that man, it just takes my will," Stevenson said. "My will is to fight and be the best and be the greatest and not let anything come between me and my goals. That's what's important at the end of the day."