Freddie Stevenson, a top linebacker recruit, committed to Florida State Wednesday. Steveneon stars for Bartow (Fla High School). Stevenson chose Florida State over offers from Texas A&M & Penn State, and interest from Florida. The various recruiting sites give him three or four stars.
Unfortunately for Stevenson, he was injured last November, breaking his fibula. The January surgery required a plate and pins to be inserted in his leg. The pins are now out, but when doctors remove them, they discovered that the cartilage in his ankle was insufficient. Doctors filled the ankle with gel, and Stevenson now says that he is close to 90 percent. He was officially cleared during the last week of spring football, but didn't want to risk re-injury while his rehab continued.
Despite the injury, top schools have stuck by Stevenson. He holds double digit offers and recently named his top four schools. They are Florida State, Texas A&M, Penn State and Florida, though the Gators have yet to offer.
I spoke with Stevenson about each of his top schools.
"With Florida State, it's the system that they have to support your whole life, the comfort I have up here, and my relationship with the coaching staff," Stevenson said. "I talk with Odell Haggins and am starting to talk to Hudson," he offered, speaking of Haggins, Florida State's defensive line coach who recruits Bartow's region, and Hudson, FSU's linebacker coach.I asked if he might commit to either in-state school before taking the trips, which typically occur later in the year. "Only if there was no doubt. It would have to be perfect," Stevenson said. Stevenson said he does not have a specific timetable to make his decision, but since it likely won't happen until after the official visits, it's safe to say it won't occur for at least a few months.
Stevenson is extremely athletic. He has decent size at 6'1 and 225 or 230. Calling him a run and hit linebacker would be accurate.
You'll notice that some outlets cropped or edited Stevenson's tweet.
He is the 16th commitment for FSU in the class of 2013.