When you get the attention and have the amount of college scholarship offers that Trevion Stevenson has, coming up with a plan to narrow those offers to a manageable list isn’t easy, but he was able to accomplish that Tuesday morning.
The three-star defensive end from Hampton, Virginia has received over 40 offers and Tuesday morning, took the first step in deciding on his future school by coming up with a Top 15. Despite just officially offering on Monday, Pat Narduzzi and Pitt made the first cut.
Stevenson (6-foot-4, 220 pounds) announced that the 15 schools that he’ll be focusing on are: California, East Carolina, Florida State, Louisville, Maryland, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Ole Miss, Penn State, Pitt, Syracuse, Tennessee, Texas, TCU and West Virginia.
The fact that Stevenson just got word on Monday about the offer doesn’t mean that the Pitt coaches just started recruiting him. In fact, the coveted pass rusher told PSN that he’s been in touch with Charlie Partridge for over a year, which explains his interest in them.
“Every time I received an offer from a school, I got excited and I thanked God because without him, I wouldn’t be here,” Stevenson told PSN. “I’m thankful for every offer I’ve received to this point and am very grateful.
“I’ve been in contact with the Pitt coaches for about a year. I received the offer [Monday] from coach [Chris] Beatty, and that was actually the first time that I talked to him. Prior to that, I’ve always been talking and in communication with Coach Partridge, who’s a great dude and a great coach. He and I have a good relationship and he’s done a good job of explaining to me how I’d fit in well with their program and in their defense. He’s let me know how much they’d like to have me as a pass rusher there and how much he wants to coach me.”
Aside from the football aspect, Stevenson admits that Pitt has a couple of things that has him intrigued.
“From what I’ve seen, Pitt has a great campus and they have a really good business program, which is what I want to major in. Plus, to this point, I believe that I’ll built a good relationship with the Pitt coaches,” he said.
Now that he’s down to a manageable list, Stevenson will start the next step of cutting that list of schools down either further and that will include making visits. He told PSN that although he hopes to visits each of his top 15 schools, these are the ones that will get his first unofficial visits: Louisville, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Pitt, Penn State, Syracuse, Texas and West Virginia.
“Making that Top 15 was really hard because I had to leave some schools out but I know every team can’t make it,” Stevenson said. “What I’m going to be looking for now is a great football program, a winning football program and somewhere I believe that I fit into their defensive system.”