The Auburn Tigers have received the commitment of 4-star wide receiver Tony Stevens, who flipped from the Texas A&M Aggies.
Stevens is a big pickup for Gus Malzahn and the Tigers, and he projects to be a very good wide receiver for Auburn. He's 6'3'', 175 pounds and is ranked as the No. 20 overall wideout in the 2013 class, according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings.
Justin Hokanson of AuburnSports.com reports on the flip:
Stevens, a Rivals250 four-star receiver from Orlando, Fla., switched his commitment to Auburn after an official visit this weekend.
"It felt like home; it's a family out here. I committed to Auburn University," Stevens said. "I'm happy I made my decision."
Hokanson goes on to report the reasons behind Stevens' decision:
Stevens was recruited to Auburn by new receivers coach Dameyune Craig. The Tigers' new assistant and proximity to home played a role.
"He's a cool guy; he knows how to have fun and knows how to get down to business," Stevens said. "Being closer to home is important, my family can come see me. That's important."
Logistically, this was a very good move for Stevens. Although Auburn and Texas A&M are in two very different spots right now, the 4-star wideout won't regret turning down playing for Johnny Manziel and the Aggies.
Texas A&M's hype on the recruiting trail has been largely due to its success this past season and Manziel's successful Heisman campaign, and that hype really translated to the wide receiver position most of all. Kevin Sumlin's class still features seven wide receivers, and that includes elite athlete/wideout recruit Ricky Seals-Jones and 6'7'' wideout Derrick Griffin.
The Aggies play a spread offense, but there still would be a huge crowd on the depth chart at wide receiver. Stevens would have to fight for time and ultimately fight for touches.
Auburn has no hype or momentum going for it right now, but this was still the right choice by Stevens.
The Tigers had a rough year, but things can turn around rather quickly in college football. Malzahn was the right hire. He will run his version of the spread at Auburn, and the Tigers should put up a ton of points once that system is in place.
Right now, Stevens joins only 4-star wideout Earnest Robinson as the two wide receivers committed to Auburn for 2013, so there's far less competition at the position, and the opportunities to play and produce in a big-time way will be there at Auburn.
The Tigers will turn things around in the next few seasons, and Stevens has the chance to be a huge part of that. He'll be one of Auburn's main receiving options moving forward in the next few years, and he'll have the chance to put up a ton of numbers in Malzahn's offense.
There's also quarterback recruit Jeremy Johnson to consider. He may not ever be a superstar quarterback like Manziel, but Johnson projects to be very good at the college level. He has a strong arm and good accuracy, but he can also be very effective running with the ball.
Johnson very well could be the quarterback of the future for Auburn, and if so, Stevens projects to be a big-time target for him.
To the untrained eye it may seem that choosing Texas A&M over Auburn is an unwise move right now, but to be frank, it's actually quite the opposite.
Stevens undoubtedly made the right choice to flip.