Bartow (Fla.) three-star outside linebacker Freddie Stevenson hadn't heard much from the 'Big 3' in Florida up until this week when Florida and Florida State began to show interest. On Tuesday, the Seminoles made a big move on the 6-foot-1, 220-pound linebacker.
"My coach told me to call them and so I did," Stevenson said. "That is when they let me know they were offering. I spoke with Coach (Odell) Haggins."
Stevenson spoke at length with Haggins, who is his primary recruiter.
"He told me that they liked me on film," Stevenson said. "He said he showed it to the other coaches and that is why they decided to offer me. He said they loved how I move."
Stevenson, who says he grew up a Miami fan, is very familiar with the Hurricanes in-state rival. He says the offer means a lot.
"It is pretty big," Stevenson said. "They are the first of the Florida schools, the top three Florida schools, that offered me. So that is pretty big to me.
"I am very interested in them," Stevenson added.
With more than 20 offers, Stevenson says he is working with a short list of schools at this point in the process.
"I am working with a top five right now," Stevenson said. "Texas A&M, Western Kentucky, West Virginia, Florida State, and Penn State. They aren't in any kind of order."
The Central Florida prospect doesn't claim a leader and said a decision isn't likely until he is able to take some visits.
"I am going to try and visit Florida State this summer," Stevenson said. "The rest of the schools I will probably go on an official visit to."
As a junior, Stevenson recorded 95 tackles, three sacks, and four forced fumbles. He also contributed on offense as a running back.