One of the nation’s top junior college defensive backs made his second official visit this weekend.
“I went up to check out Arkansas,” said Booneville (Miss.) Northeast Community College cornerback. Mario Stevenson. “It went real well. One thing I really liked was their defensive style, the way they play aggressive and get up in the receivers’ faces. They like to play physical. That suits my style of play.
“Also, they showed me where they’re losing about four or five guys from their secondary. They told me I’d be able to come in and play right away.”
How important is that in his decision making process?
“It’s the No. 1 thing,” Stevenson said. “I’ve got two years to play two. I want to go somewhere I can make a big impact right away.”
Last week, Stevenson (6-2, 195, 4.42) made an official visit to LSU. He rated it an “11” on a scale of 1-10.
Asked how the Hogs stood up to that lofty assessment, he said: “Man, that’s a tough one. They’re up there. It was real nice, especially looking at their style up close and how I would fit in next year.”
Before he makes his decision, Stevenson plans to take a few more visits. He’ll be at Auburn on Nov. 21 for the Alabama game, and he’s also got a trip lined up with Florida State, but could not recall the exact date.
Will anyone else jump into the picture?
“Anything can happen,” he said with a laugh.
In addition to the schools he’s already setting up visits with, Stevenson also has offers from Alabama, Florida and Tennessee.
He played high school football at Memphis (Tenn.) Melrose before making his way to Northeast CC. He’s scheduled to graduate in December and will be able to participate in spring practice.