Texas A&M Football: Tony Stevens Talks Commitment to Aggies

Michael TaglientiFeatured ColumnistJanuary 5, 2013

Photo courtesy of All-American Games
Photo courtesy of All-American Games

The Texas A&M Aggies added yet another receiver to their recruiting class when Tony Stevens gave his verbal commitment to A&M during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Depending on how some athletes in the class are classified, Stevens could be the ninth receiver commitment to A&M in the 2013 class.

Stevens is a 6'4", 190-lb wide receiver from Evans High School in Orlando, FL.

Stevens said that East teammate and USC commit Jalen Ramsey from Brentwood (TN) Academy was the best player he faced all week.

"When I got here the competitions was just a little more aggressive, so I would have to say Jalen Ramsey is the best player I have faced."

Stevens chose the Aggies over offers from Florida State, Florida and a host of SEC schools. He chose the Aggies because he felt comfortable in College Station.

"When I went there, it was just like another Florida State," Stevens said. "It felt like home."

Stevens said that he tries to pattern his game after Cincinnati Bengals receiver A.J. Green.

"I try to pattern my game after A.J. Green. He is may favorite NFL player."

The Aggies lose starting wide receivers Ryan Swope, Kenric McNeal and Uzoma Nwachukwu to graduation. Stevens and the rest of the receivers in the 2013 class will have a chance to play immediately in the SEC.

With the commitment of Stevens, A&M is bringing in a veritable basketball team at the wide receiver position. Quincy Adeboyejo, Derrick Griffin, Kyrion Parker, JaQuay Williams, Ricky Seals-Jones and Stevens all stand 6'3" or taller.

With Nwachukwu graduating, expect  Stevens to use his 4.43 speed in the 40 to compete for the outside receiver spot with Parker, Seals-Jones, Williams and senior receiver Derel Walker.

When Kevin Sumlin took over the A&M program after the 2011 season, he realized that he needed to add more speed at the wide receiver position. With the addition of Stevens and the other receivers in this class, he has accomplished his goal in a big way.

Sumlin has shown that when he recognizes a problem in the program he will address it immediately. That is exactly what he has done at wide receiver, where the Aggies are bringing in the largest and deepest wide receiver class of any team in the nation.

Stevens is the 15th four-star commitment in the Aggies' class. Texas A&M currently has 35 commitments in the 2013 class. They are still looking for another linebacker or defensive end to complete the class.

Unless otherwise noted, all quotes were obtained from interviews by the writer of this article.