NCF On The Trail: Tony Stevens

Auburn lands 3-star ATH Marcus Davis 

January, 27, 2013
Three-star athlete Marcus Davis (Delray Beach, Fla./American Heritage) verbally committed to Auburn on Sunday afternoon. The 5-foot-10, 175-pound prospect took an official visit to Auburn this weekend and chose the Tigers over Wake Forest, Arkansas, West Virginia.

Davis announced his decision via Twitter and later confirmed with "100% COMMIT TO AUBURN !!!! #WAR EAGLE"

Davis, who is listed as an athlete, chose the Tigers because of the opportunity to play the position he loves and get early playing time.

Weekly commitment update 

January, 25, 2013
Kyrin Priester WR Snellville, Ga./Brookwood
HT: 6-1 WT: 181
Position Rank: #20 WR

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Weekly Commitment Update 

January, 11, 2013
Ebenezer Ogundeko DE Brooklyn, N.Y./Thomas Jefferson
HT: 6-3 WT: 229
Position Rank: #10 DE

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Scouts: Another weapon for Aggies 

January, 6, 2013
Texas A&M already has some big targets added to this class and believe it or not, despite Tony Stevens' (Orlando/Evans) size, he is on the smaller side. A slender, sleek player with a wide catch radius, Stevens is straight-line fast with the size to make plays in contested match-ups on the outside. Kevin Sumlin continues to add offensive skill to this class that should see early playing time with their four and five wide offensive sets.

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Aggies continue to expand footprint 

January, 5, 2013
Welcome to the new world of Texas A&M recruiting.

It's a world where the Aggies can seemingly go anywhere and have a real shot to get a player they want. Head coach Kevin Sumlin spoke in the offseason of expanding his team's recruiting footprint beyond just Texas and Louisiana and into states that are considered "SEC country," and even nationwide.

SEC country is precisely from where ESPN 300 receiver Tony Stevens (Orlando, Fla./Evans) was plucked. Texas A&M got involved with the former Florida State commitment earlier this fall, secured an official visit then blew the 6-foot-4, 184-pounder away when he took in Aggieland.

Yes, the Aggies have higher-ranked players in their recruiting class, but every ESPN 300 member they've scored -- including tight end Derrick Griffin and athlete Ricky Seals-Jones, both of whom will likely end up at receiver -- is from their home base of Texas or neighboring Louisiana.

Stevens is representative of what the success of this season, a Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback and the exposure the SEC provides can do for the program in recruiting circles. Stevens freely admitted earlier this week during practices for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl that he wouldn't have considered the Aggies if they weren't in the SEC.

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SAN ANTONIO -- Once committed to Florida State, ESPN 300 wide receiver Tony Stevens (Orlando, Fla./Evans) decided to take his talents to the Lone Star State.

Stevens verbally committed to Texas A&M during the U.S. Army All American Bowl. Ranked No. 207 in the ESPN 300, Stevens chose the Aggies over Florida State and Ohio State.

Stevens becomes the 35th commit for the Aggies and the ninth commit to potentially play receiver in 2013. The 6-foot-4, 184-pound athlete is the No. 29 receiver in the nation.

Recruited by Texas A&M receivers coach David Beaty, Stevens decommitted from Florida State in October.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- As Tony Stevens (Orlando, Fla./Evans) looks decreasingly likely to sign with Florida State, the Seminoles have begun to make appropriate changes to their plans at wide receiver.

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SAN ANTONIO -- Wednesday was a day off for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl teams. Instead of working out and participating in drills, the players took in visits around the city -- including a stop at the Alamodome for photo opportunities and to see their game apparel -- and used the day to recover from two days of practice.

The teams will return to the fields on Thursday in arguably the most important practice of the week. Here are five things to keep an eye on for Thursday’s practice:

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Saturday decision for ESPN 300 WR 

January, 1, 2013
SAN ANTONIO -- ESPN 300 wide receiver Tony Stevens (Orlando Fla./Evans) knows where he wants to go to school, but he’ll wait until Saturday’s U.S. Army All-American Bowl to announce it.

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Gareon Conley next Urban Meyer flip?

November, 15, 2012
In the recruiting world, they call it flipping when one school has a recruit under its wing but by signing day that athlete commits to a different university.

As the days dwindle until national signing day, attention has turned to which players Urban Meyer and Co. might roll their way in an all-important 2013 recruiting class for Ohio State.

Some look at Tony Stevens (Orlando, Fla./Evans) or Trey Johnson (Lawrenceville, Ga./Central Gwinnett). However, if odds were set, the most likely candidate is one most fans already know about.

Gareon Conley (Massillon, Ohio/Washington) has made it no secret that he wants to take visits -- whether official or unofficial -- before giving Michigan his signature.

A longtime Wolverine pledge, the cornerback has said he chose Michigan because no other big-name schools were really after him.

The Wolverines were the only visit Conley took, but now that he has interest from schools including Oregon and Ohio State he wants to see what they’re all about, even if that means he is no longer committed to Michigan.

The Ducks have shown strong interest, while Ohio State has extended an offer.

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Several FSU commits, targets in ESPN 300 

November, 7, 2012
At first glance, this year's Florida State recruiting class lacks the star power of the two before it. That isn't to say it is void of quality, though. But Seminoles do have some offensive firepower on the list, notably four-star prospects Ryan Green, Isaiah Jones, and Levonte Whitfield. In the trenches, which has been an area of focus for the Seminoles coaching state in recent cycles, offensive linemen Austin Golson and Ira Denson and defensive end Davin Bellamy have them off to a good start.

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Stevens loving what he sees 

October, 4, 2012
Recruits, and commitments for that matter, don't always watch college football and the teams they are interested in on Saturdays.

That's not the case with Tony Stevens (Orlando, Fla./Evans). The 6-foot-4, 184-pound Florida State commitment can't get enough.

The Seminoles success makes it even more addicting for him.

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Tony Stevens
Corey Long/ESPN.comESPN 300 WR Tony Stevens announced Wednesday that he was no longer a Seminole.
ESPN 300 wide receiver commitment Tony Stevens (Orlando, Fla./Evans) said he has decommitted from Florida State late Wednesday night.

The 6-foot-4, 184-pound prospect had been committed to the Seminoles since February 25 before making an announcement on his personal Twitter account.

"I'm decommitting from Florida State," he said.

The Seminoles, it seems, aren't even in his top five any longer.

Stevens later said that Ohio State, Georgia, Louisville, USF and USC are his top schools. He did indicate in August that he was likely going to take other official visits.

"I'm going to take all of my visits because it's my senior year," Stevens said earlier. "I know I'm going to visit Ohio State, FSU, Louisville, South Carolina and USF ... but I'm still solid to Florida State."

That's obviously not the case now.

ESPN ranks Stevens as the No. 22 receiver in the class of 2013 and is the No. 35 player in Florida.

OSU offers ESPN 300 WR Tony Stevens 

August, 1, 2012
Ohio State coach Urban Meyer loves speed on the edge and he dipped into the state where he became a legend Wednesday with an offer to Florida State commit Tony Stevens (Orlando, Fla./Evans).

Ranked No. 173 in the ESPN 300, Stevens said he is still committed to the Seminoles, but was taken aback by the offer from the Buckeyes.

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Schools chase FSU pledge Tony Stevens 

July, 28, 2012
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Florida State is quietly putting together one of the more impressive recruiting classes for 2013, including commitments from three very talented wide receivers. Tony Stevens (Orlando, Fla./Evans) has been committed to FSU for five months, and he is excited about the chance to showcase his skills at Champion Gridiron Kings at Walt Disney World.

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