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Penn State Football: Nittany Lions Have Florida Linebacker on Their Radar

by on June 11, 2012 6:15 AM

With the verbal commitment of defensive back Neiko Robinson eight days ago, Penn State successfully landed its first recruit from the state of Florida in a decade.

Trying to keep the momentum going in the Sunshine State, Nittany Lions coach Bill O'Brien has set his sights on Freddie Stevenson, a 6-foot-1, 220-pound linebacker from Bartow High School in Florida.

Stevenson holds offers from more than 25 schools, including, South Florida, Florida State, Texas A&M and Temple, so he isn't short on options. rates him the 20th-best linebacker in country for the recruiting Class of 2013.

"Penn State is one of my top schools," Stevenson said Sunday. "I'm visiting Florida (Monday), then I'll be at Florida State on Thursday. I won't be able to travel to State College this summer, but I might make it up for an official visit later on."

Stevenson is currently being recruited by Penn State assistant head coach/wide receivers coach Stan Hixon, a native Lakeland, Fla.

Hixon also is responsible for the verbal commitment of four-star defensive back Ross Douglas of Avon, Ohio, in late February.

"Coach Hixon says I'm the kind of linebacker they're looking for," Stevenson said. "I'm fast, smart and physical, good in coverage and can make big plays."

While Stevenson isn't in a hurry to make his choice, he does know what he's looking for in a college.

"Academics, players development, relationships with the team and coaching staff, and early playing time are all important to me," he said.

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Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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