Two-star defensive end Jordan Stevens out of Monroeville (Pa.) Gateway took an official visit to his leader Kentucky this past weekend. What did the 6-foot-3, 226-pounder with 4.8-second speed think of the Wildcats and their performance against Florida?
"It was great there. I loved everything about my visit. The coaching staff was nice, the campus is beautiful and everything was great," he said. "I was hosted by Jacob Tamme and he was great. He's a good football player and told me how young the team is and how in a couple years they'll be a great team competing for the SEC championship.
"I got there on Saturday morning and went to the game. Afterwards I went into the locker room and then hung out the rest of the day with Jacob and his friends. On Sunday, I toured campus and saw just about everything."
Stevens made the trip at least partially to see the Wildcats play.
"They played a great game except for the second quarter and I think injuries killed them," he said. "I know they didn't play that good of a game last week, but the fans came back out this week. I loved the stadium and the huge crowd. I'd like to play in front of a big crowd with a lot of noise. I really liked how the coach controls the defensive line especially the ends. They play defense just like my team now and I really like that from what I saw out there."
During his visit, the No. 47 player in Pennsylvania was able to talk with the coaches.
"I talked with coach Petri and coach Archer a lot. My family also had a conversation with coach Brown and they are all nice guys," he said. "Everything they told me was really interesting and I learned something new the whole time I was there."
Overall Stevens rated his trip a 9.
"I would give the visit a high nine because they didn't play that well of a game in the second quarter, but they got a good team coming up in the future," he said. "They're still high on my list and my top school still."
Stevens has narrowed his list to a handful of schools for his other official visits.
"I plan to take officials to Indiana, Illinois, Michigan State and Miami-Ohio," he said. "All of them were high on my list and I want to take my family out to their campuses. I want to see the football facilities at each and rate them. I also want to see the rest of campus, particularly the academic part.