Pos Rank: 27
State Rank: 11
6-4 | 200
Decatur Central (Ind.)
His Recruiting Story:
During a good junior season in which he passed for 1,526 yards and 13 touchdowns, Stevens began hearing heavily from colleges and received his first offer in October from Iowa. Cincinnati would follow then Indiana and Purdue. Stevens would win quarterback MVP at the Best of the Midwest Combine and was one of the top performers at the Elite 11 Regional in Chicago. He would continue to add offers including Michigan State, NC State, Nebraska and more. After nearly narrowing his list down to five, then deciding against it, he announced his commitment to Indiana the first week of June.
"It's everything you could wish for. I want to be a business major and the Kelley School of Business is top of the line, one of the top in the country. It would be a great opportunity for me to be accepted into. I'm very comfortable with their staff and their players. I know a lot of the guys. I think I will have a big opportunity at IU, possibly playing four years in the Big Ten."
First of all, he's a tremendous competitor, and obviously he has tremendous athletic ability and is a good football player. He has really good quickness and instincts. He's long and rangy. He's dynamic. He's shown all year he can make plays with his arm and his feet and he's also very intelligent. He's one of those guys that has 'it' whatever it is.
-- Decatur Central head coach Justin Dixson
Where We've Seen Him: vs Franklin Central (2013), Best of the Midwest (2014), Elite 11 Regional Chicago (2014), NFTC Chicago (2014)
Stevens has good height and has room to continue to fill out, something he has started doing. He's a good athlete who is comfortable running the ball and running the zone-read. In terms of throwing the ball, he has a good, quick release. His motion is compact and he spins the ball well. He throws with good touch, but would benefit from driving with his legs more. He has solid velocity, but that is one area where he can continue to improve. He throws a nice deep ball and does well when he needs to drop passes in over coverage. He is a smart, competitive kid who works hard and has the desired intangibles.
Overall: Stevens was an important get for the Hoosiers because he's in-state and will help with recruiting, but they also beat a lot of good schools for him. He is a great fit for their offense and has a chance to thrive in that wide open style of play. The door is open for him to challenge for the job early on. We like Alexander Diamont who signed last year, but it will be a race between those two in all likelihood after Tre Roberson and Nate Sudfeld have graduated and Stevens is hard to bet against because of his intangibles.