Monroeville (Pa.) Gateway defensive end Jordan Stevens made a decision today selecting Miami (Ohio) over offers from Indiana, Minnesota, Kentucky, Illinois, Wake Forest and Michigan State amongst others. What caused the 6-foot-3, 226-pounder to pick the RedHawks?
"Really what made them stand out was the coaching staff and academic part," he said. "I like the coaches because they are very trustworthy and have done a good job with the team so far. I like the academics too because I want to major in math, education or sports management. I see those opportunities at Miami too."
The three-star prospect told the coaches of his decision yesterday when they made an in-home visit.
"They were very excited about my commitment and shocked that I told them then," he said. "What stood out about them after I committed was that they gave my parents a hug."
Miami (Ohio) has mentioned that Stevens could possibly play next year as a true freshman.
"They told me I can play depending on what I do when I come up there," he said. "I've already started lifting weights and I plan to continue doing that and run to get in shape and be ready for camp. I think I can bring some speed to their defensive line and hopefully some more sacks."
The No. 34 weakside defensive end had a final word to say to RedHawk fans.
"I'm very excited about my decision," he said. "I can't wait to come up and play for Miami and it should be an exciting experience. I'm looking forward to the first game to do what I do best."