Elite Florida 'Backer Will Visit

One of the elite linebacker prospects from Florida, who has offers from the likes of Florida State, Alabama and Tennessee, says he knows one official visit he's going to take -- and it's to UCLA...

Tallahassee (Fla.) Lincoln linebacker Craig Stevens (6-3, 210) continues to be a hot recruiting commodity in the South.

And while the speedy ‘backer hasn't set up any of his official visits yet, the lone school he said would for sure he would visit officially is one on the West Coast.

"I know I'm going to visit UCLA," said Stevens. "They've been doing real good this season, and it would be alright to go out there and play football. I could see myself out in California."

Stevens is being recruited to UCLA by the head coach himself, Karl Dorrell. "Coach Dorrell, he's real cool. He's a good coach and good person. He's the coach I always talk to," said Stevens. "It looks like I'll be going out there in December."

Likely joining Stevens on that official visit is teammate Ashton Henderson, a cornerback whom UCLA has recently started recruiting.

Stevens said that the rest of his trips are still up in the air and he isn't setting them up just yet. "I'm definitely going to take all five trips. Right now, I'm looking at Auburn, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Maryland and Florida State for my other four trips. I'm not sure if I'll take an official to Florida State, though, since its close," said Stevens. "But right now, I'm worried about starting the playoffs this week. I'll take my trips after the season."

Stevens said that his decision wouldn't come until all five trips are done. He also declined to name a leader. "It's still wide open at this time," said Stevens.

Should Stevens come west, it wouldn't be unique to his family since his older brother, Mario Hill, played at Pasadena City College for two years before transferring to UNLV, where he is currently a senior defensive end.

A year after recording 140 tackles as a junior, Stevens has tallied 87 tackles so far this season, with 3.5 sacks for Lincoln. The team stands at 8-1 as they head into their first state playoff game.


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