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Stevens names four for officials

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Defensive end Jordan Stevens has named his top six and even set up two official visits. Who stands out to the Monroeville (Pa.) Gateway prospect?
"My favorites are Kentucky, Miami (Ohio), Michigan State, Pittsburgh, Maryland and Minnesota," he said. "I would probably say Kentucky is number one because I really like that they offered me early in the offseason and I've been down there before. The football facilities are outstanding and they have a really nice coaching staff. I set up an official with them on September 24th. My other visit right now is Miami (Ohio) on November 4th. They have a really nice school up there and really good academics. They're facilities are outstanding too.
"I plan to visit both Minnesota and Michigan State for officials too. Minnesota just offered me a couple weeks back and I really like the coaching staff, they are really nice. They also have a really good tradition and they have a defense that fits me pretty well."
Two schools that are among his list of favorites, but aren't assured official visits yet are Pittsburgh and Maryland.
"I haven't gotten an offer from either of them yet," he said. "They're both going to wait and see my senior film. I think Pittsburgh is a little closer than Maryland as they said they'll probably offer me after the first or second game while Maryland would be the third or fourth game."
If those schools offered, where would they fall for the 6-foot-3, 226-pounder?
"Both of them would probably be closer to the top, at two and three if they offered," he said. "They both have excellent coaching staffs and great programs. I've visited Pittsburgh and I really like Dave Wannstedt."
With multiple officials set up, Stevens is starting to consider a decision as well.
"I'm probably going to do it towards the middle or end of the season, it'll be early."
Currently, the No. 47 prospect in Pennsylvania is preparing for the upcoming season that kicks off on August 27th.
"I think we're doing pretty well, we're working together and starting to trust one another," he said. "I'm just looking forward to the game. Finally, the season comes and I can't wait. I'm hoping to have 70 tackles, 25 sacks and 15 offers by the end of it."
Stevens is a solid student on and off the field. He boasts an impressive 3.1 GPA and 1350 SAT. He also recorded 44 tackles and four sacks last season as he was named second team all-conference.
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