March 23, 2007

Small Florida town has big sleeper

A sleeper jumbo athlete from the small town of Crescent City, Fla., has emerged. This 6-foot-6, 225-pounder with stellar physical numbers played his first full season of varsity football last fall and blossomed into a major prospect. He already holds a scholarship offer from an Atlantic Coast Conference program and is getting looks from other schools.

Defensive end/tight end prospect Toshmon Stevens has been timed at 4.56 seconds in the 40-yard dash and 4.47 in the pro shuttle. He also has a 35-inch vertical leap. All are excellent times for a prospect his size, that has the frame to play at 260-275 with the proper training at the collegiate level.

"North Carolina State has offered," Stevens said. "Arizona State has been interested and Florida A&M got in touch to check up on me the other day."

Stevens hasn't heard from them, but one major in-state program has always had his attention.

"Florida State hasn't contacted me, but I would love to go there if I could," he said.

Under the radar as he is, Stevens is just hoping to have multiple options with regards to his college choice.

"It's not really a big thing as long as their academic program is in good shape," he said.

Crescent City coach Quintin Lewis spoke highly of his star prospect.

"He's a nice kid, a hardworking kid," Lewis said. "Everything is just starting to get moving on him. Last year was his first full year of playing football since the ninth grade. He's really a sleeper that nobody knows about, but I think he has a chance to play on Sundays one day. He has amazing body control for somebody that is 6-6."

Stevens has been invited to the Sunshine Preps prospect camp this summer. He also plans to attend the Tallahassee NIKE Camp, which is April 22 at Florida State.

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