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Back in 2010, Aliquippa’s Jonathan Baldwin was a big, tall, big play wide receiver for the Pitt Panthers who eventually got drafted in the 1st round of the NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs.
This year, the WPIAL has another wide receiver who fits that mold and his name is Ronnie Stevenson from Montour High School.
Stevenson is 6-foot-5, 205 pounds and is currently drawing the interest of plenty of D-1 schools including the Pitt Panthers.
“They’re looking at me as a wide receiver. They like how big I am and how quick I am for my size.”
“Pitt wide receiver coach Kevin Sherman came to my school and talked to me and told me to keep in touch with him. He then came to one of my basketball game vs. Knoch to check me out. Coach Harley just asked me if I’m coming to Pitt Junior Day, which I probably will on the 18th,” said Stevenson.
Currently, Stevenson’s only offer is from Temple, which he received as a sophomore. This summer will be important for Stevenson as he works out at various camps and also what he does during his senior season at Montour.
This time of the year and really this time of his life comes with mixed emotions for Stevenson.
“It’s exciting. I’m also very grateful because not a lot of people have this opportunity in high school sports. It’s kind of nerve-racking too because my junior year is basically over and I’ll be a senior and have to start thinking about college and where I’ll be for the next 4 years. I’m pretty nervous but I’m excited too,” said Stevenson.
While he’s nervous, Stevenson is also grateful too because he knows this scholarship means his college education will be paid for. So this will be an opportunity that he will take advantage of.
“It’s very rewarding. My dad tells me that he knew a lot of people who were very good athletes who just couldn’t get to go to the next level (Division 1) and they were very, very good. They just messed up with school and ended up going to a school but having to pay and being in debt with student loans so this is truly a blessing to be in this opportunity.”
“When a coach or school contacts me it really motivates me. At the end of my sophomore year I got my first offer from Temple, it definitely motivated me. It made me workout a lot better, made me hungrier for practice. I was just so excited to go to practice,” said Stevenson.
The talented wideout will continue to work hard and hopefully catch the eye of more college coaches and earn additional scholarships especially one from his hometown school.
“It’s my hometown, basically 15-30 minutes from my house. All my family would be able to come watch me play plus everyone else that supports me can come watch me play for my city. I’d be very grateful and it would mean a lot.”