Four-star junior college cornerback Mario Stevenson made it official on Wednesday, signing with LSU.
The Northeast Mississippi standout drew raves from his coach.
“He’s as good as it gets,” said NECC coach Andy Greening. “I can’t say it any better than that. He had the whole nation in here after him, but LSU’s had him wrapped up for a while. Of course, they’ve got a good gig going right now, getting a lot of great players, and he’s just another one on his way.”
Stevenson (6-2, 195. 4.42) capped the season with three interceptions, although opponents rarely challenged him.
“He probably only had about seven or eight balls caught on him all season,” Greening said. “He took on all comers man-to-man and shut them down. He had the kid at East Central (Titus Ryan) who is going to Alabama. He held him to one catch for six yards. He shut out the top guy at Coahoma. The kid at Northwest (Texas Tech commitment John Harris) didn’t catch a ball against him.
“He’s just a big, fast cover corner – the kind of guy everybody’s looking for these days with receivers getting so much bigger and taller.”
Stevenson will report to Baton Rouge in January and has three years to play two with the Tigers.