Tommy Stevens Recaps Buckeye Visit

By Jeremy Birmingham on March 18, 2014 at 7:54p
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It's been a busy few weeks for Indianapolis Decatur quarterback Tommy Stevens, and if it's likely to get even busier for the fast-rising 2015 prospect. Today, he and his family made a visit to Ohio State as they prepare for a recruiting road trip that will include stops at Vanderbilt, Michigan State and Penn State in the next ten days.

"It was awesome, a '10,' no doubt," Stevens said of his initial visit to Columbus. "Everything about it was great. We got on campus around 10 a.m. this morning and toured the football complex. After that, we checked out the academic center and toured the stadium. After lunch we checked out spring practice and took in a team meeting."

For Stevens, who picked up a scholarship offer from Nebraska during his Buckeye visit, the chance to hang out with Ohio State's Tom Herman was the highlight of the trip.

"I spent much of the day with Coach Herman," he said. "He's an awesome guy and I really like the way he coached the team."

While Ohio State didn't offer, he a talented player who could be on track to get the call from Urban Meyer. As is the usual for Ohio State and their quarterback search, they will not make a decision until they get to see Stevens throw in person, which they hope to do sometime in April.

"We got a chance to sit down with 'the man,' Coach Meyer," he added. "He said when I throw for them we should be in good shape (for an offer.) He said I am a player that they want."

 

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WhySoSerious's picture

I like this kid. Could be a steal. 

Rare&Uncommon

Like the ball in the stands, we balls out

Jeremy Birmingham's picture

I agree. Perhaps the only negative is that he's getting a lot more attention right now than OSU would have liked.

skid21's picture

I agree. Perhaps the only negative is that he's getting a lot more attention right now than OSU would have liked

So we write an article about him that gives him more attention?

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Nick's picture

Doubt other college coaches are reading 11W for recruiting secrets.

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Jeremy Birmingham's picture

We're writing articles about him because of the attention he's getting.

c92996p's picture

Unfortunately, every kid looks like a 5 star recruit on a highlight tape

Nappy's picture

I live right down the street from Decatur.  Will have to check out some games in person this fall.

Fan of bacon since 1981

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buckeyedude's picture

11W is going to assign you as our recruiter on this one. Don't f%*k it up, Nappy.

 

 

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Jake321's picture

His running style is a lot like manziel 

Ahh Saturday's picture

Hey Birm, since the staff seems to want 2 QBs I thought Stevens would likely pick up an offer on this visit, but I guess the staff has other guys (in addition to TG and Wimbush) higher on their board right now.  Any idea what the pecking order is? 

Jeremy Birmingham's picture

Gibson, Wimbush, Nunez are still at the top. Stevens is just a notch below I'd imagine.

m5987usus's picture

Do you think we are leading for wimbush and Nunez??

O-H!

Daddypete's picture

Great athletic skills, but (as is true of many talented, running, high school QB's) is easily dissuaded from throwing the football by the mere presence of a defensive player in the area. In high school, you can get away with that. At the next level, you must be able to make your reads quickly and throw the ball. Sure there are times when it makes sense to run, especially when a play has "broken down". But even Braxton has found that fast, disciplined defenses will not allow you to run all over them. At some point in the game, you have to prove to that defense that you can thread the needle or make the back shoulder pass. All that said, this young man is a junior in high school with a terrific upside. If he is coachable, the future is very bright for him (given the right QB coach).

"Stand and Deliver!"

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BuckeyeJ's picture

As I have said before. Would love for him to be a Buckeye! Though I'm not as versed as most when wayching film, I think he has a big upside

Buckeye_in_SEC_country's picture

Would the staff take a commitment from a lower ranked guy or do they want to find out what Gibson, Wimbush, or Nunez is going to do first? 

Jeremy Birmingham's picture

As of now, they've not offered a "lower-ranked" guy, so obviously no offers would be accepted. If they offer Stevens in April, then you'll have an answer I reckon.

Buckeye_in_SEC_country's picture

I should've been more specific.  My bad Birm.  Would the staff accept a commitment from a QB other than Gibson, Wimbush, or Nunez at this point?

TUNBUCK89's picture

Wow...Nebraska offering him during his Buckeye visit. That really screams...WE WANT YOU, BADLY!

Hopefully, the Buckeyes have set a standard that no other school could match.

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DenBuck's picture

Need to lock up 1st QB soon and then battle to the death for Gibson. 

Buckeye For Life

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WezBuck28's picture

Where on earth have all of the qb's gone that throw the ball? Why have "weapons" on offense if you never get them the rock? Not trying to be a jerk about all of this, I just don't understand it at all..me personally, would like a throw first type of qb that can run when needed, rather than a qb that runs and throws when needed..

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Buckeye_in_SEC_country's picture

I completely agree.  I always go back to Alex Smith at Utah.  He could throw the ball and was athletic enough to run when needed.  I'd like to see us get a QB like him.  I think JT Barrett is that guy, but we will have to wait another year to see.  

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sivaDavis's picture

Feel like an ideal situation to get an amazing athlete who could play QB but be persuaded to play WR if things don't seem to work and get a guy flying under the radar (for now) like Stevens, that may be more polished as a QB first that adds the ability to run? Stevens/Gibson.

"I've had smarter people around me all my life, but I haven't run into one yet that can outwork me. And if they can't outwork you, then smarts aren't going to do them much good." - Woody Hayes

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Buckeye_in_SEC_country's picture

I think this could very well be the case with Gibson.  He will come in and have to sit behind Barrett.  I think the staff will tell him he can see an immediate impact at WR and move him out.  

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buckeyeradar's picture

Kyler Murray

Buckeye in Texas

nburns18's picture

This kid can run like crazy. But how good is his accuracy? we havent had an accurate qb since troy smith. 

"You win with people." -Woody Hayes

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iball's picture

I agree...he seems to lean on his running ability. Not too many great passes in the video. Im not impressed by completing a pass to a wide open receiver. i wanna see him thread the needle.

“There’s one thing I have learned through all my adventures and conquests - it’s that some people are just wired for success. I had no choice when it came to being great - I just am great.” – Kenny Powers

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Buckeye_in_SEC_country's picture

There have been a couple of recent camps where he has been moved to the WR group because he has struggled with accuracy.

nburns18's picture

Then i have my doubts. I think he is just a backup plan if we dont get torrance gibson. 

"You win with people." -Woody Hayes

DenBuck's picture

We're in the deep rough here if we decide to get really picky on our Plan B guy :) !

Buckeye For Life

Crazybuck's picture

The kid can run.we can see that but he needs to show of his arm more.