May 29, 2012

Stevenson wants change

Clearwater (Fla.) Central Catholic cornerback Michael Stevenson, who will visit Wake Forest unofficially Friday, June 8, is ready for a new atmosphere.

"I do want to leave Florida," Stevenson said. "I've been around here so long, and I'm just tired of seeing the same old stuff."

His trip to Winston-Salem will be the first time he has ever been to North Carolina. Stevenson said Wake must be offering something pretty good since the Demon Deacons had 30 players from Florida on its roster last season.

Wake Forest secondary coach Tim Duffie, who visited Central Catholic Tuesday, May 22, offered Stevenson a scholarship after watching film on the Sunshine State prospect during the trip.

"He [Duffie] said he liked that I was aggressive," Stevenson said. "He liked that I lift [weights], that I run, and [said] that I want you."

He also claims scholarship offers from Akron, Bowling Green, Central Florida, Charleston Southern, Middle Tennessee State, Pittsburgh and South Florida.

"I've talking to Duke lately," Stevenson said. "I'm supposed to go to their camp. They [Duke] have been talking about it [offering me a scholarship]."

Stevenson believes the Blue Devils are close to offering.

"I really like Wake Forest, Duke, Pitt, UCF and USF," Stevenson said.

Stevenson added he is trying to figure out where he can get the best education.

He has not visited any schools other than USF, which is 40 minutes away from his home.

Illinois State, Florida, Georgia Tech, USF, Pitt, UCF, Charleston Southern, Tennessee-Chattanooga, South Carolina, MTSU, Arizona, Minnesota, Kentucky, Connecticut, Cornell, Memphis, Mississippi State and other colleges have come to Central Catholic to check out Stevenson and some of his teammates.

Minnesota is also showing interest in him.

He also plans to camp at Miami (Fla.) and possibly Florida and USF too.

Stevenson, who is 6-feet, took an elbow to the jaw while playing basketball earlier this month. The injury has made it difficult for Stevenson to eat, so he has lost eight pounds. He is trying to get back up to around 180 pounds.

Stevenson said he should be fine in two days.

He is working to improve his stamina, leg-strength and is trying to gain weight.

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