“I never heard them say I had an offer, so I thought I was just on their recruiting list,” the Class of 2013 prospect said.
Though Stevenson was unsure then, PSU wide receivers coach Stan Hixon left no doubt about whether or not the Bartow High junior in a more recent discussion.
“When I talked to Coach Hixon, he confirmed to me that I was a top player on their list, and that I had an offer,” Stevenson said.
College programs are not allowed to extend written offers to current high school juniors until Sept. 1. But verbal offers are permitted at any time.
Stevenson noted Hixon will be making a stop at his high school May 7, and that he hopes to make his own visit to Penn State at some point.
“The meeting was good, and Penn State is definitely on the list of schools I would like to visit,” he said.
The 6-foot-1, 230-pound linebacker recorded 95 tackles and four forced fumbles last season, but is currently nursing a broken foot. While he's out of a walking boot, he has yet to begin full running activities.
Stevenson said that the development of players at Penn State is something that stands out to him.
“My first impression of Penn State was that it could be a great school to help me develop and have a good chance of getting my skill on the level to play in the NFL some day,” he said.
And what are some of the criteria Stevenson is looking for in a school?
“Academics, exposure, a chance to play early, and a school that can help me develop are all things that are important to me when trying to choose a school,” he said.