For whatever academic reason, Wisconsin denied admission to touted 2015 signee Jordan Stevenson. Now, though, they could very well have to face the running back once a season for at least the next three years.
While nothing is official from his new school, Jordan Stevenson announced on his personal Twitter account that he has decided to continue on with UW’s Big Ten West rival Nebraska. Stevenson had taking a visit to Lincoln shortly after he was denied admission to the school with which he signed, then followed that up with a visit to Miami. There was also talk that yet another visit, this one to Alabama, could be in the offing this weekend, although that never came to fruition.
For the past week or so, though, the Cornhuskers have been widely viewed as the favorites to land the player’s services. Stevenson will be eligible to play immediately for the ‘Huskers in 2015.
Rivals.com had the Texas high school product as a four-star prospect, rated as the No. 27 running back in the country and the No. 34 player at any position in the state.
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Not surprisingly, there’s not a lack of suitors lining up to woo Jordan Stevenson.
This past weekend, Stevenson spent a couple of days visiting Nebraska. Beginning Tuesday and going on into Thursday, 247Sports.com is reporting, the running back is taking a visit to Miami.
There’s also a possibility that Stevenson, who’s reportedly being personally recruited by Nick Saban, could take an official visit to Alabama after his Miami trip, although it’s been reported that the Texas product would like to make a decision on a new school by the end of this week.
Last week it was reported that Stevenson, a 2015 Wisconsin signee, was officially denied enrollment at UW this past week even as he met NCAA enrollment standards. What the UW issue is and the reason why this happened so close to the start of summer camp hasn’t been detailed, although the school has given the player a complete release from his scholarship.
Regardless of where Stevenson ultimately lands — indications are that the Cornhuskers are the favorites at the moment — he will be eligible to play immediately in 2015. others that have been mentioned as a possibility are Florida, Oklahoma State, South Carolina and Tennessee.
The interest from myriad Power Five programs is understandable as Rivals.com had the Texas high school product as a four-star prospect, rated as the No. 27 running back in the country and the No. 34 player at any position in the state.
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The loss of a Big Ten school with more stringent-than-normal academic standards — standards that triggered a coaching search this past December — could prove to be a win for a school from the SEC.
According to 247Sports.com, Nick Saban, along with three of his Alabama assistants, has personally spoken to Jordan Stevenson, the 2015 Wisconsin signee who was officially denied enrollment at UW this past week even as he met NCAA enrollment standards.
What the UW issue is and the reason why this happened so close to the start of summer camp hasn’t been detailed, although the school has given the player a release from his scholarship. Because in part he has yet to attend a class at UW, Stevenson can sign a financial aid agreement with another FBS program and be eligible to play in 2015.
As for the FBS programs that have expressed interest, the Crimson Tide, with a need for depth at the running back position, is one of at least a baker’s dozen-plus-one schools who are blowing up the phones of Stevenson’s high school coaches.
Among the 14 that are reportedly interested in Stevenson’s unexpected services include, among others, Florida, Miami, Oklahoma State, South Carolina, Tennessee and, most interestingly, UW’s Big Ten West rival Nebraska.
The fact that so many high-profile programs are pursuing Stevenson is not surprising as Rivals.com had the Texas high school product as a four-star prospect, rated as the No. 27 running back in the country. The player himself appears to be dealing well with this abrupt hiccup, and is excited about the prospects a second recruiting period brings.
One of the key additions to Wisconsin’s Class of 2015 has met a road block on his way to Madison. Jordan Stevenson has reportedly been denied admission to the University of Wisconsin, but there may still be a door open elsewhere to play this season. In fact, there could be many doors open for Stevenson.
Stevenson’s admissions issue at Wisconsin was reported by Badgers Blitz on Thursday. Stevenson took to Twitter on Friday to announce his recruitment is officially open to any Division 1 program with a roster spot available for the 2015 season. Apparently that message reached a few schools from across the nation. 247 Sports reports there are at least 13 programs with interest in adding Stevenson to their respective programs. Those schools with expressed interest are (in alphabetical order) Alabama, Florida, Louisville, Maryland, Miami, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, Oregon State, Pittsburgh, SMU, South Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia.
This could be a rushed recruitment process for Stevenson, and understandably so. Fall camps will be starting up in the next couple of weeks for most programs, and being there for day one of practices would be good for Stevenson as he gets set to begin his collegiate football career after this bump in the road.
Stevenson, a native of Dallas, Texas, was a four-star recruit in the Class of 2015 according to his Rivals profile.