UCLA Tries With Florida Linebacker

He has scholarship offers from many schools in the SEC and the ACC, but 6-3, 210-pound Craig Stevens from Tallahassee has some curiosity about the west and UCLA...

Tallahassee (Fla.) Lincoln linebacker Craig Stevens (6-3, 210) has scholarship offers from the SEC and the ACC.

Schools like Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Clemson, South Carolina, Florida and hometown Florida State have all extended official offers to Stevens.

And while Stevens said he is leaning towards staying in the South, one school out west is doing its best to get him to switch coasts.

"UCLA is the farthest school west to be recruiting me. They offered me and Coach (Karl) Dorrell came to my campus this spring. He's a cool dude. It's great out there in California and I'm going to probably take an official visit there," said Stevens.

Stevens is not a real stranger to the west. In fact, his brother, UNLV defensive end Mario Hill, played JC football at Pasadena City College, in the shadows of the Rose Bowl.

"My brother played at Pasadena and said he really liked going to school in California. I wish I could have been to the Rose Bowl. But he's been helpful in the recruiting process and is telling me what to look for," said Stevens. "He was supposed to go to Cincinnati out of high school, but it didn't work out so he went to a JC instead and worked hard to get a scholarship."

Stevens said with all of the schools he has offers from, it is hard to narrow his list. Though it would seem growing up in the same city as Florida State would make the Noles the favorites, Stevens said it was anything but.

"In all honesty, every school is still about the same. I'm scared to narrow it down yet because I don't want to shut the door on anybody. There may be a school that I cut out that is a good fit for me. I ‘m leaning to stay here in the South, but I could see something like at UCLA or somewhere in the Midwest and like it there too," said Stevens.

Stevens said his official trips will not be taken until after the season, and that a decision would come after that. "I'm going to take all five trips. I'll make one after the season. There is a small chance I'd make one during the season, but I'll probably wait till after the season," Stevens said.

During his junior season, Stevens recorded a team-high 140 tackles.

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