After the recent departure freshman defensive back Marchez Coates, Dave Doeren was left was a precarious situation. Only five scholarship cornerbacks remained on the roster. Yesterday, though, Doeren found some help. Mike Stevens - a three-star cornerback, according to 247Sports.com - committed to NC State.
Stevens, who plays his prep ball at nearby Davidson (N.C.) Day School, committed to Kansas State late last summer. However, he flipped his decision from the Wildcats, and gave his verbal to the Wolfpack yesterday evening. His commitment raises NC State's 2014 recruiting class - headlined by another in-state prospect: five-star DE Kentavious Street - to 26.
Eddie Faulkner - State's tight ends coach and special teams coordinator - led Stevens' recruitment to NCSU. According to his high school coach, Chad Grier, the appeal of playing close to home in the ACC was too much to pass up, as reported by TheWolfpacker.com. It didn't hurt that there will be an abundance of playing time available in the Pack's secondary for the upcoming season. Stevens can compete for time, starting day one.
He initially chose Kansas State over East Carolina and Kentucky.
The 6-0, 180-pound defensive back, who has a reported 40-yard dash time of under 4.5 seconds, stood out on both sides of the ball for Davidson Day in 2013. As a wide receiver, he snagged 66 passes 1,334 yards and 18 touchdowns. On defense, Stevens compiled 39 tackles, three interceptions, and a fumble recovery. He also blocked a field goal.
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