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Stevens will cut list this weekend

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The quarterback dominos continue to fall, and for Indianapolis three-star Tommy Stevens the time is now to focus in on which schools are serious contenders for his services.
"Recently I was talking to my head coach and my family and we decided we'll release a top five this weekend," Stevens said. "I've got my list of five already and I'll release them on Saturday. After I release the five I will probably commit sometime after that."
Paring his list of a dozen offers down to five schools involved checking each school against what he is looking to get out of his collegiate career.
"Whenever I talk to a coach they'll usually ask what I am looking for," Stevens said. "There are three main things: first of all I want to make sure my education is taken care of. Secondly it is being comfortable away from home. Third, I want to go play big-time football wherever I go."
Stevens expects to make visits to several of his top five schools after releasing the list, focusing especially on schools he has not seen yet. He has yet to set any of those visits, though.
Indiana is a school many have predicted Stevens will choose. The Indianapolis Decatur Central signal caller has heard that chatter and does not refute the Hoosier's strong standing.
"I guess that is a good prediction," Stevens said. "I really like IU, but there is really no leader yet.
"Most of the teams that have offered me have stuck in the loop. (Teams) getting commits changes things and maybe if some of these guys didn't have commits already I'd have a different list, but at the same time I am really happy where I am at right now and they're all good ones."
Ohio State was a school that Stevens expected to be considering at this stage. He made his most recent campus visit to Columbus and planned to camp with the Buckeyes this summer to compete for an offer, but they offered and received a commitment from Joe Burrow on Tuesday.
With most schools only taking one quarterback and many quarterback prospects making decisions this spring, Stevens is watching the commitments closely but continues to follow his own timeline.
"I check it out like everybody else does," Stevens said. "The first, initial thought is all these guys are committing, am I going to lose my spot? But I don't want to rush into any decision because once I commit I want to stay committed. So, I am taking it slow and maybe some of the coaches don't necessarily love that, but I think they appreciate me talking to them and knowing where I stand."
The 6-foot-3, 196-pound Stevens is the No. 15 dual-threat quarterback prospect in the 2015 class. His offer list consists of Boston College, Cincinnati, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan State, Nebraska, N.C. State, Purdue, West Virginia, Miami (Ohio), Western Michigan and Toledo.
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