“I found out through my coach. He called me into the office and let me know where I stood with a few schools,” Stevenson said. “He said, 'Well, you know you have an offer from Texas?' And I told him, 'No sir.' So we had a long conversation, and he called Coach [Bruce] Chambers, and we went from there. I was really excited. I’ve been thinking about it lately, and I need to keep progressing. But it’s a good offer.”
Stevenson is the third running back Texas has offered in the 2015 class, along with Soso Jamabo (Plano, Texas/West) and Chris Warren (Rockwall, Texas/Rockwall).
Stevenson rushed 99 times for 853 yards and 11 touchdowns, which were all second-best numbers behind quarterback Devante Kincaid, who has signed with Ole Miss.
“They felt like I was a dynamic back,” Stevenson said. “[Chambers] said he sees a lot of bright things in my future. The best advice he told me was to keep grinding and stay positive, and to not just be an athlete but a scholar-athlete. Don’t be satisfied with good. Be satisfied with great.”
Stevenson is going to take those words to heart. Not that he needed the motivation though. For as savvy as he appears on the field, Stevenson is even more so away from it.
He views the offer as a blessing but one that with plenty of hard work and dedication should open the door to plenty of others.
“Texas doesn’t just offer anybody,” Stevenson said. “Therefore it opens up a lot of doors, and a lot of eyes. At times I feel like people were sleeping on me. So I felt like I must be pretty good to get an offer from Texas. I just take it as motivation. I just need to keep doing my research and learning more about Texas.”
Don’t expect Stevenson to jump on this offer any time soon, though.
“To be honest, it’s going to really take some time,” he said. “I have to look at other schools and keep progressing. I have to take the offer as motivation. Whatever God has in store for me will work out. I know the offers are going to come.”
Oregon State and Michigan already have shown considerable interest, and many more are starting to put feelers out.
That said, expect Texas to be in the mix throughout.
“Texas is a true contender,” said Stevenson, whose teammate, 2014 defensive end Victor Evans, also has a Texas offer. “They are high on my depth chart right now, along with Oregon, West Virginia, A&M and LSU.”
In order to get those other offers, Stevenson knows he’s going to have to have a huge junior season. He knows that all eyes will be on him as the leader of Skyline’s offense, and even more so now because he holds a Texas offer in his back pocket.
“To be honest, I’ve had an 'X' on my back,” he said. “Some people don’t understand that being a leader and being great, you are always going to have an 'X' on your back. Somebody is always going to be there to test your manhood, and if you want to be great, you will do whatever it takes to grind to the next level."