Florida 'Backer Lines Up UCLA Visit

The elite Florida linebacker, Craig Stevens, who has schools like Florida State, Alabama and Tennessee pursuing him, has UCLA among his leaders and will visit Westwood officially...

Tallahassee (Fla.) Lincoln linebacker Craig Stevens (6-3, 210) has one official visit under his belt, one lined up for this weekend and three more to be taken.

Stevens visited Maryland last weekend, his first trip to date. "It was good. I liked it. I had a good time with the players and the coaches," said Stevens. "This weekend I'm going to Alabama."

The Tide got a head start on Stevens earlier this week when head coach Mike Shula had an in-home visit with Stevens. "It went really good. Coach Shula is a good guy. We talked for a long time," said Stevens.

Stevens will venture west to UCLA on January 21st with teammate, cornerback Ashton Henderson. He'll also visit Auburn but the date hasn't been set yet.

Then he'll choose between Clemson and Tennessee for his last visit. Florida State has offered him and remains in contention for Stevens but he won't spend an official visit at the hometown school. "I've already been to Florida State a bunch of times and I can take an unofficial there. I'm taking my officials out of state," said Stevens.

Stevens declined to name a leader. "They are all still even. I don't really have anything to compare the schools by, since I only took my first visit," Stevens said.

With a plethora of Southern schools, would Stevens really leave the South and head west for college? "Oh yeah, I could definitely do it. I just want to go somewhere where I fit in best. My brother went to Pasadena City College and is now at UNLV, so I could definitely go out to school there. (UCLA) Coach (Karl) Dorrell and Coach (Eric) Bieniemy are great coaches. Coach Dorrell is going to visit my home soon," said Stevens.

Stevens said he anticipates making his decision the week before Signing Day, after all five trips have been taken.

He'll make an extra visit to California at the end of December, having been selected to the Sunshine State's roster for the CaliFlorida Bowl. The game is December 31st and Stevens will be in Los Angeles for the week prior for CaliFlorida practices. "I'm hoping I get a chance to see UCLA when I'm out there before I go on my visit," said Stevens.

Lincoln lost in the second round, but Stevens still finished with 120 tackles and five sacks.

He said that he is fully qualified.

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