Stevenson discusses commitment

The merry month of December saw Wake Forest add four commitments to their upcoming signing class of 2013. The most recent is Michael Stevenson, a defensive back from Clearwater Central Catholic in Florida's Tampa Bay Area. Stevenson spoke to about his decision and upcoming visit to Winston-Salem.

"The two main things that I liked about Wake Forest was the education and my relationship with Tim Duffie," said Michael Stevenson. "Coach Duffie was my recruiting coach and will be my position coach. He promised that he would take care of me and treat me like I was his own son. I know that he's always going to be there for me if I need him. I trust him and believe in him. Being away from Florida, the coaches and the players are going to be like my family. I guess we'll see how it turns out, but I feel confident going in that I made the right decision."

Stevenson, a 6-foot, 180-pound free safety, had another fine season for the Marauders in Florida 3A and was a first team All-State selection in 2012.

"I gave one hundred-percent" Stevenson stated. "I had three interceptions, 92 tackles, and 11 pass breakups. This was my second year at free safety. As a sophomore I was more of a rover or dog. I think this year I got closer to my team. There was good chemistry between us. I also had a better understanding of the game and made better pre-snap reads which led to more interceptions and tackles."

Currently, Stevenson is playing basketball and will run track in the spring. He's excited about taking his first trip to Wake Forest on January 18th with his mother to see what's in store for him when he arrives as a student-athlete.

"Actually, I just want to get used to it," Stevenson said on his freshman year. "I'll be working on getting bigger, faster, and stronger for when I get there. If I'm called upon, I want to be ready."

Stevenson helped Clearwater Central Catholic to an 11-2 record this season. He was an offensive weapon as well rushing for 223 yards and three touchdowns with an additional 180 yards receiving. It's been awhile since the school put forth a Division 1 player. The 2006 class featured Riley Cooper (Florida) and Colin McCarthy (Miami). Former Marauder, Paul Freedman, was the starting tight end at the University of Virginia this season.

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