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December 5, 2012
Four-star Tony Stevens received his U.S. Army All-American jersey Wednesday, capping a huge senior season.
After a breakout junior year, Stevens saw the offers roll in from BCS programs. He committed to Florida State, then de-committed, then committed again.
This spring he was selected to Nike Football's The Opening in Beaverton, Ore., and Gridiron Kings in Orlando. He was one of the top skill players at both summer showcases and he felt like he could be in line to get the call to become an Army All-American.
However, the call didn't come right away, so Stevens continued to produce at a high level on Friday nights. He caught 41 passes for 800 yards and 14 touchdowns.
It was that production that prompted Rivals.com national analyst Mike Farrell to call Stevens and tell him to pack his bags because for he will be playing in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
"I was working hard for this, but I didn't expect I would end up in a big game like this. When I got home from The Opening and Gridiron Kings, I knew I could play against the top cornerbacks and be one of the best," he said.
Stevens was the offensive MVP runnerup at Gridiron Kings and earned the nickname "Megatron" from coaches and recruiting pundits because of his playmaking ability.
"Honestly, none of this was planned. I wasn't thinking about any of this. I didn't think I was even going to get into a good college," Stevens said.
Stevens will be playing his college ball in Tallahassee for Florida State, if nothing else changes. Florida, Miami, and Texas A&M are still actively recruiting him and after his earlier indecision this situation could be one to watch.
For now he plans to focus on San Antonio and show that his performances this summer against other top prospects were no fluke.
"My goal now is to go Texas is to show I'm the No. 1 receiver," he said. "This is a special opportunity to go out there and play for the men and women defending our country. Without them, none of this would be possible."