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Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Stevenson ready for the next challenge

By Corey Dowlar

ESPN 300 linebacker Freddie Stevenson (Bartow, Fla./Bartow) is nearing the end of a chapter.

In a matter of just a few weeks, the four-star prospect will forego his final semester in high school to enroll early at Florida State and begin his collegiate career. Last week, head coach Jimbo Fisher paid Stevenson an in-home visit to clear up any logistical hypotheticals.

"It was exciting," Stevenson said. "They were making sure I had everything ready for January, since I am going to be enrolling in January. They were also talking about how important it was for me to enroll early."

FSU coach Jimbo Fisher and assistant coach Odell Haggins both reinforced their relationship with Stevenson's parents -- not that it was needed.

Stevenson said there has always been a good understanding between them.

"They talked to my mom and dad," he said. "They pretty much know everything at this point.

"It is hard for anybody not to like them."

There is no real sense of apprehension on Stevenson's part. The step up in competition, or even academics, could be considered a daunting one.

But he insists he's ready and there is no real reason to shy away from it.

"I am more excited than anything," Stevenson said. "I am not really that nervous. I am ready so there isn't any real reason to be nervous."

Stevenson's letter of intent signing is cause for celebration. And he plans on doing it with his close friends and family at Bartow High School.

"I am going to set it up for Tuesday, I think," he said. "I am going to have a signing party."

ESPN ranks Stevenson as the No. 275 player in the Class of 2013.